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Loch an Eilein

Address: Aviemore, Scotland
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Ranked #2 of 12 Attractions in Aviemore
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Bodies of Water, Nature & Parks
Owner description: Hidden in the forest of Rothiemurchus, this beautiful place is one of the most loved in the UK...
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Bodies of Water, Nature & Parks
Owner description: Hidden in the forest of Rothiemurchus, this beautiful place is one of the most loved in the UK. Loch an Eilein (loch of the island) with its 13th century island castle, was voted Britain's Best Picnic Spot as part of the celebrations to highlight the 10th anniversary of Warburtons National Bread Week which took place in May 2010 - a big thank you to everyone who voted. Step back in time and retrace the steps of the Highland cattle raiders as you enjoy views of the dramatic and mysterious Highland castle and enjoy the exceptional wildlife of the forest including Red Squirrels and Scottish Crossbills. You can enjoy some of the best low level walking in Scotland. Sheltered by ancient pine trees with views of the mountains, the path round the loch is suitable for motorised wheel chairs, off road buggies and is part of the 50km Rothiemurchus way marked network of paths.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

What a beautiful place. We visited late afternoon and caught the winter sunset. It is a 3.5 mile hike around the loch and takes about 1.5 hours. Highly recommended.

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015 NEW

Summer of winter, a hike or a casual stroll - the place will leave most people enchanted with views and in some parts - bits of history. A bit far from anywhere for people with no transport and no wish to spend hours trudging along a road, but there are buses going by the Loch, and various hotels not too... More 

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Aberdeenshire Scotland
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75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Very much enjoyed our walk round Loch, autum colours beautiful lots of photos taken, it stayed dry for most of the walk, and then it rained, hope to go back on a nice sunny day. It takes about 1-11/2 hours to walk round, 3 miles. There is also a fee to park the car.

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Gloucester
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15 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

We did this as a walk along the paths by the loch - but the cycle trails did look very good. It was a beautiful place but is also very well looked after, no rubbish around or things like that. Lovely giftshop and cafe too.

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Isle of Man, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

A walk around Loch an Eilein is always top of our agenda when we visit Speyside. It is so beautiful with the Caledonian Pines, silver birch and the beautiful loch.

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Ross-on-Wye, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Stunning scenery, lovely old pinewoods and great place for photography. If you are staying in the CNP, I would suggest that you make this high on your list of priorities.

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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8 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

We were staying locally over Christmas and a walk around the loch was a must. I think that we picked the most perfect day to do the walk. There was snow on the ground and it was crisp bordering on freezing. The walk took was about one hour and 45 minutes taking time to stop for photographs and draw things... More 

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Chester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

After a hard frost (-5c) the scenery was stunning with landscape transformed into a winter wonderland. The walking is easy and was just perfect for our family group. There have been a number of postings complaining about parking charges and I expect when you have been used to something for free it's difficult to accept change, but for me the... More 

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Rothiescot, Owner at Loch an Eilein, responded to this review

The Rothiemurchus Team would like to thank you for sharing such a good review. It is our pleasure to fulfil visitor's expectations and it makes us all very happy when we hear that our visitors have had a wonderful visit. We've been charging for parking since the 1970s when we built the first car park to give visitors a better... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Beautiful place, stunning surroundings, nice wee shop and cafe but they have a cheek charging for car parking. I don't go there any more on a matter of principle. Shame really

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Rothiescot, Owner at Loch an Eilein, responded to this review

We're sorry you feel it's not right to be charged £1.50 for parking at Loch an Eilein - thank you for letting us know. So glad you think it is it is stunning - it this takes a big team to make sure that it stays like this so that people can enjoy it throughout the year and know that... More 

Dumfries, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
12 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

This is a walk for young and old and is very picturesque - lovely views of the Cairngorms and the castle in the middle. Wee shop with coffee in season but shuts for winter. About 1/ 1 1/2 hrs to walk all the way round. Map from Rothiemurrchus estate office.

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Rothiescot, Owner at Loch an Eilein, responded to this review

On behalf of the Rothiemurchus team, I would like to thank you for spreading such excellent reviews of Loch an Eilein on TripAdvisor. It makes us very happy that you have loved your visits to this very special place. We hope to welcome you here again soon. More 

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