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Loch an Eilein

Address: Aviemore, Scotland
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Ranked #1 of 10 Attractions in Aviemore
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Bodies of Water, Outdoors
Owner description: Hidden in the forest of Rothiemurchus, this beautiful place is one of the most loved in the UK...
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Bodies of Water, Outdoors
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.

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69 reviews 69 reviews
14 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Beautiful place, stunning surroundings, nice wee shop and cafe but they have a cheek charging for car parking. I don't go there any more on a matter of principle. Shame really

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

We're sorry you feel it's not right to be charged £1.50 for parking at Loch an Eilein - thank you for letting us know. So glad you think it is it is stunning - it this takes a big team to make sure that it stays like this so that people can enjoy it throughout the year and know that... More 

Dumfries, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
12 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

This is a walk for young and old and is very picturesque - lovely views of the Cairngorms and the castle in the middle. Wee shop with coffee in season but shuts for winter. About 1/ 1 1/2 hrs to walk all the way round. Map from Rothiemurrchus estate office.

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Essex
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11 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

Allow at least an hour and a half to do this walk, longer if you want to stop and enjoy the views. We had a lovely clear and bright day and the views were lovely.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

I got there and decided that since I was only going to be there an hour it was not worth the parking fee and I left.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

Nice walk, though a little on the long side if you leave from Rothiemurchus. Lake is beautiful, but I think in summer it would look even amazing

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

What a beautiful loch, the mist was thick when we arrived and we thought we were not going to be able to see much of the loch, but we were wrong. The mist partially lifted making this a photographers paradise, absolutely fabulous views. Disappointed as we did not see any wildlife, but still well worth going for the scenery. Gentleman... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

A full loop of the loch is just over 5km so perfect for a morning run. I don't park in the car park because they charge £1.50 per adult. Rather than charge by vehicle which seems ridiculous. Also the man that takes the money can be a bit rude so I walk in from slightly further away to avoid him!... More 

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ellon, aberdeenshire
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

Beautiful trails around the loch. We were lucky with the weather, cold but sunny. Lots of lovely photo opportunities of wildlife, landscape and more. Lovely elderly gentleman in the car park,who gives you info leaflet and info on area and the wildlife, he feeds the birds and squirrels outside his little money hut, so even in the car park the... More 

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Portree, United Kingdom
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

Beautiful surroundings and a well-worn path. The views are superb and the whole area so peaceful. Even in the rain, the sunset finally came through and the whole loch came to life.

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed the walk around the loch. Eerily quiet place, very still and very beautiful. easy going walk on the level with good footpaths all round. would be great to cycle around. Stunning autumnal colours and definitely worth a visit if in the area.

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