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Loch an Eilein

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Address: Aviemore, Scotland
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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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Beautiful walk

Lovely walk, obvious paths. Stunning surrounds. Lovely pottery en route and even an art gallery nearby (though this was closed when we visited). A perfect place for a not... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Dundee, United Kingdom
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Dundee, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Lovely walk, obvious paths. Stunning surrounds. Lovely pottery en route and even an art gallery nearby (though this was closed when we visited). A perfect place for a not strenuous stroll, took us a couple of hours I think, but we weren't really paying much attention to time.

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Carlisle, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

great place for a scenic stroll. has it all mountain back drop, loch side for the majority this is an easy walk that can be done from the rothimurcus centro or you can drive to the loch itself. the castle ruins offer a great intrigue

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Thank yorkey_terrier
Abingdon, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you are anywhere nearby you must go for a walk around the loch through the forest. The surroundings are amazing.

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Thank rfergus27
Inverness, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Highly recommend visiting loch an Eilein been on numerous occasions for a relaxed walk around the loch sometimes just half way just wish dog owners would clean up after their dogs really annoying when you have young children enjoyable at all times of the year

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Thank 533ann55
Isle of Arran, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went here on Boxing Day for a lovely walk round the loch. 2 wee boys and 3 dogs burned enough energy to make them agreeable for the rest of the day! The 3 adults got some fresh air and lovely views on an easy but interesting walk.

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Thank mhairi h
Aviemore, United Kingdom
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44 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

this is a special place to go for a walk/ cylce or whatever. there's a good path around the loch and great views of the hills. Also toilet facilities and shop. beautiful any time of year or season.

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Luton, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

You have to visit its by far the most beautiful peaceful serene place ive been !! Would definately come back ..

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Thank Nichola C
Stroud, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Loch is lovely, a 90 minute walk around the shores on well maintained paths and despite the recent weather onslaught. not as muddy as I thought. We've been here various times over the years and always enjoyed the great outdoors here, but am always disappointed by the "per adult" charge at the car park which is grossly unfair. Personally... More 

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Rothiescot, General Manager at Loch an Eilein, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to tell us you enjoyed your visit to Loch an Eilein and that you felt the paths had held up well to the 'weather' we've been having. We are sorry you feel that paying per person for the car park is 'grossly unfair'. In our reply to your Trip Advisor review with the same... More 

Telford, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A lovely location for an easy peaceful walk. Suitable for all the family and you'd even manage to get a pram or bike around with you.

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Rothiescot, General Manager at Loch an Eilein, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the trouble to write this review. We are all delighted that you enjoyed Loch an Eilein and are very grateful to you for recommending it for all the family, thank you. We hope you can enjoy Rothiemurchus again soon. More 

Aylesbury, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We walked to Loch an Eilein from the Aviemore Highland resort. It's about a 3 mile walk which goes partly on the Old Logging trail, and turns off at Inverdruie. The walking terrain is easy. Once at the Loch there are toilets at the car park area. Another couple of miles takes you right round the lake, which is a... More 

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Rothiescot, General Manager at Loch an Eilein, responded to this review

We are delighted that you enjoyed your walk from Aviemore Highland Resort round Loch an Eilein. Than you very much for telling us. I do hope it was Wednesday or Friday when the weather was better, not Thursday when it rained all day. Next time the weather may be suitable for you to try one of our both shorter and... More 

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