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Loch an Eilein

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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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There is a walk from Coylum Bridge to Loch an Eilein. Also the start of the Lairig Ghru walk. At the head of the loch there is a wooden bridge, where you can see a neighbouring... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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Tranent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

There is a walk from Coylum Bridge to Loch an Eilein. Also the start of the Lairig Ghru walk. At the head of the loch there is a wooden bridge, where you can see a neighbouring but much smaller loch. At some points the footpath is very close to the water. At Loch an Eilein cottage there are cherry trees.... More 

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Scottish Borders, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Took the kids mountain biking from Coylumbridge Hilton hotel to Loch an Eilein. Beautiful scenery and great paths round the loch for walking/cycling. We were lucky enough to have plenty of sunshine too. Stunning place to visit and lovely wee gift shop next to car park. Well worth a visit.

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Stafford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

Absolutely stunning anytime of the year, picnic by the Loch, walk or bike around just fabulous. Only a 2 mile walk from Rothiemurcas, nice stroll or great to bike there. Good parking facility if you drive. Insect repellant advisable in the summer months. Toilet facilities and a small gift shop.

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Grange-over-Sands, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

This small loch is surrounded by great country side,woods,mountains and is easily accessed with good car parking charged by the person @ £1.50 a shot. Excellent footpaths and cycle tracks free if your on foot a bike, cycles easily hired and we'll worth a pop. This is a hidden gem, go and take a look.

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Malta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW via mobile

Short drive from Aviemore. We saw it after feeding Cairngorm Reindeer. Very quiet in late afternoon.. an idyllic view of Loch and surrounding hills. 5 minute walk from car park. Great place for picnics and walks.

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Bristol
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

This is an excellent 1.5h walk around the beautiful loch through stunning conifer woodland. Good paths for most of the route, and plenty of "off piste" exploring for the kids to indulge. Sampled wild bilberries and juniper en route,a really authentic highland spot. Stout shoes best, and take a snack and sit by the water..... Time your trip to also... More 

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Dundee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Wonderfully relaxed walk. Flat and easy even like us you're over 70! Took us an hour and 40 minutes around the loch. We used to do it in 1 hour 30. Clean and well maintained

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Very nice walks round the castle lovely wee shop and gallery and very friendly staff had a lovely spot to sit near water to eat lunch and there's plenty of benches to have a sit

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

We've been visiting this are for many years now and our favourite walk is round this loch it's an easy walk on well maintained paths. Beautiful scenery and lots of photo opportunities.

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Halifax, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Lovely lake, great cycle ride up. toilets and a small shop there too. lots of ducks to feed with the kids

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