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Loch an Eilein

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Address: Aviemore, Scotland
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Description: Hidden in the forest of Rothiemurchus, this beautiful place is one of the...
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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Lovely scenery and easy walk for all the family. It really is picture postcard Scotland ! Small shop and exhibition and toilets. There is a small charge per person which we didn't... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2015
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Troon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Lovely scenery and easy walk for all the family. It really is picture postcard Scotland ! Small shop and exhibition and toilets. There is a small charge per person which we didn't grudge one bit.

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Pickering
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Fantastic place to go for a walk and enjoy the view of the Cairngorms in the background. Great photography of Loch an Eileen castle on the island in the loch.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

Nice, easy 4.5 mile hike around Loch Eilein. Nice place to swim or boat as well. Wish we had swim suits with us to swim out to the castle ruins, but they were pretty to look at.

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Reedsville, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

Very nice walk around the lake, and lovely views of the castle on the island. It was a bit busy with quite a few people, but still very enjoyable! We were also able to stop and get some photos with the furry highland cows that we passed while driving to the trailhead!

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Stourport on Severn, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

A must-see if you're visiting the Cairngorms. Pay to park. The grounds are just beautiful. There's a little tea room/gift shop which closes early in winter. Stunning walks, short and long distance.

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

A real Scottish natural beauty spot. And a great walk or cycle round the loch path whic is perfect for families.

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Cheshire, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Scotland is blessed with so many beautiful Lochs and Loch an Eilein must rank amongst the very best. We parked the car at Rothiemurchus and walked the 2 miles to the Loch, seeing a slow worm warming itself in the sun and a Wood Warbler feeding off a peanut feeder on the way. The car park appeared fairly full, but... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Beautiful. We cycled round the loch and our camera is full of lovely photographs. Our favourite loch to visit when in the aviemore area.

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Loved the area but hated the midges after the rain. Living in the New Forest in Hampshire, it was bit like home from home but with the added attraction of the loch.

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DUNFERMLINE
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

What a great find. Really just parked up for a quick stroll around and stretch our legs a bit. Spent ages just walking on and on and on.. very picturesque You won’t find a better photo opportunity than this.

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

It's was lovely to read this thank you. Loch an Eilein is always stunning and we are very grateful to the kind visitors who pay to park as their 'donation' helps us to keep it special. Do hope you can return soon and now you've found the loch if you visit regularly Friends of Rothiemurchus includes complimentary parking. More 

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Address: Aviemore, Scotland
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Scottish Highlands  >  Aviemore and the Cairngorms  >  Aviemore

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