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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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A hidden gem

A must visit mystical place tucked away not far from Rothiemurchus. Absolutely stunning scenery and walks filled with wildlife. Peace and tranquility. An absolute Nirvana.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 3, 2015
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

A must visit mystical place tucked away not far from Rothiemurchus. Absolutely stunning scenery and walks filled with wildlife. Peace and tranquility. An absolute Nirvana.

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Cessnock, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Good path and great scenery around the lake and ruins of old castle. Helpful guide shop at entrance. Pleasant walking despite a light shower of rain.

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

Thank you. One of the great things about walking round Loch an Eilein is the ancient pine trees protect you from the weather while you enjoy great views of the castle and glimpses of the mountains - which we call 'hills' ! Hope you can return soon to enjoy Rothiemurchus. More 

5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Close by car park gives ready access to the good track round the loch. Track is fairly wide and level with just a few short undulations; good for walking, running and off-road cycling. Trees provide a nice shade from the sun. Small gift shop close by.

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

It was very kind of you to post this review - thank you. Do hope you are able to visit us again soon. More 

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

A nice 3 mile walk reasonably flat but what I will always remember the parking charge which is not per car but per passenger. Top tip hide them in the boot !!!!

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

Thank you for taking the time to tell us about your visit.and post a review. We are extremely grateful to those people who support the care of one of the most important habitats in Europe for 'at risk' species through paying for parking, and it is helpful to know that you feel that charging £1.50 per person to a max.of... More 

Southampton, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

A very special place. Incredibly peaceful and a great place to spot red squirrels. The walk round the loch is suitable for all. Breathe, look and listen.

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

We agree, what a great description - thank you for this. More 

Bastrop, Tx
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

It is not well sign posted but easy to find anyway. The walk to see the castle ruins on the island in the loch was not long but the path had tree roots that could require older people to pay close attention to the terrain. There are restrooms and a small gift shop next to the car park but the... More 

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

Thank you for posting this review - we're very pleased that you enjoyed your visit so much. Ancient pine trees have amazing roots and hopefully this is part of why Loch an Eilein is so special. In most places it is possible to avoid them so hopefully they are not a hazard, thank you for the warning. We do hope... More 

Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

One of our favourite spots to take visitors, this is a cute little drive in, an easy walk and a beautiful lake and forest to enjoy. Don't forget to look for the little castle on the island in the lake!

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

It is very kind of you to write this - thank you. Hopefully the magic will still be here when ever you visit and for our grandchildren and great grandchildren as well. More 

Measham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015 via mobile

Beautiful walk around a delightful Loch, scenery was amazing,saw red squirrel, and many summer visiting birds, a lovely experience, the only let down was the car park charge was a bit steep at £4.50

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

Thank you for taking the time to post a review - we're very pleased you saw so many red squirrels and summer birds. It is one of the most important habitats in Britain for many 'at risk' species of wildlife - sustainable care of this special place is challenging and we welcome all feedback, ideas and suggestions. We are hugely... More 

Derbyshire
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148 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

We were here with our dog and family. Great walk around the loch. Car park charge of £4.00 well worth it. We were lucky enough to watch a red squirrel up close. Also saw lots of wild flowers/plants, birds and butterflies.

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

We're so pleased you enjoyed your time at Loch an Eilein - thank you for telling us and thank you for letting us know your view of the car park charge. You may be aware that It is one of the most important habitats in Britain for many 'at risk' species of wildlife, we hope that visitors will think of... More 

Worksop, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

beautiful loch in a very beautiful setting, we had a lovely long walk around here, approx. 2 hours with the dog. Took some beautiful photo's

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

It is lovely to hear from visitors who enjoy this stunning place - thank you. Hope to see you again. . More 

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

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