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Loch an Eilein

Aviemore, Scotland
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Ranked #1 of 13 attractions in Aviemore
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Bodies of Water
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... more » 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. « less
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Forres
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014 NEW

Whenever we are in the area, a walk or cycle ride is a must round this stunning loch. It's beautiful from every angle with a fairly gentle walk that will suit all abilities. Today we managed with a toddler trailer and tag bike on the back of our mountain bikes and we are novices.

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Worcester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

Enjoyed our walk around the loch. In the ealy morning there are very few people around but later on it gets busier. You have to pay a small fee per person to access the location as it is a private estate. The path around the loch is clealy marked and stoned so it easy walking - although not a natural... More

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glasgow
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162 helpful votes 162 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

One of my favourite corners of this great area, with its lovely shore walk through the ancient Scots Pinewoods and views to Braeriach. Picture postcard scenery all around.Great for kids too - chases through the forest, pine cones to throw, as you soak up the views and the tranquility.Some beautiful traditional cottages dot this area too,adding to the scene.Plus those... More

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Brussels, Belgium
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

A lovely walk along the loch and possibility to see the little castle. Very calm and by sun a little bit shade

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

We arrived late in the afternoon to enjoy the shortish 3.5km loch circular walk. We saw Crested tits, Redstarts, Spotted flycatchers and many other small birds. The view of the loch and the small ruined castle at the start of the walk was just beautiful. Not saying we took our time but we completed the walk in just on 3... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

This is one of the most beautiful Lochs to walk around. At Rothiemurchus there is a gift shop selling local produce and a restaurant where you can get a very nice light meal - we had Cullen Skink, made with smoked haddock, onion and potato- scrumptious!

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Inverness, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

A lovely place for a walk, run, picnic or just to sit and take in the fantastic scenery. Tranquil and breathtaking,

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Birmingham, UK
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

The name means Lake of the Castle...the walks by the lake with detours into the paths by the woods is worth a few hours...the only complaint was that we were charged 4.50 for parking...with no signs to warn us about it

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Liverpool
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

A beautiful small loch side walk with a little bit of a challenge if you add the extra detour available. A very pleasant three hours spent walking, picnicking and chatting, whilst looking at all the wonderful views, which seemed to change so dramatically at each stage of the walk.

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Dumfries, United Kingdom
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Wonderful walk around the loch or shine and one can go some of the way and return if feeling tired!! Lots of wildlife to see,lovely view of the Cairngorms. Wee gallery/shop open in season where you can get a cup of tea or coffee - Toilets too!!

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