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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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Lovely walk!

Great walk - well maintained and peaceful. You can take a dog on a leash. You can also cycle around the Loch. Parking is £3 which includes a map.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 4, 2015
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015 NEW

Great walk - well maintained and peaceful. You can take a dog on a leash. You can also cycle around the Loch. Parking is £3 which includes a map.

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

Lovely landscape with some nice wildlife, saw 3 squirrels on the feeders at the car park. Great place for photography and chilling out.

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Antwerp
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

Loch an Eilein is worth a detour. Take the time to make a walk from Inverdruie or Coylumbridge through Rothiemurchus forest and enjoy the views on the lake from all angles.

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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

lovely views, very peaceful and with snow on the mountains it was very beautiful. The local tea room does great soup!

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

We love walking or cycling around this loch, it is so beautiful! It is a reasonable 4 mile walk on fairly flat ground so relatively easy for all levels. Car park charges £1.50 per person, which gives you an Explorer card each, which gives some benefits, such as a free explorers map, postcard from the Rothiemurchus centre and discount on... More 

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Reading, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015 via mobile

A nice walk around the loch, note parking is £3 and still same even at 4.30pm, there is a small gallery near start if you want a drink, took us 1 hour 15 minutes but stopped couple of times to take photos

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Sunderland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Weather couldn't have been better for a nice easy walk round the loch. Take refreshments with you as there is nowhere to get anything once you have started walking round.

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Yorkshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

A very fine and easy walk round this small, pretty, forest clad loch. Some things that may be helpful: - the walk is about 4 miles, prob 1hr 15 to 2 hours and mostly fairly close to the lake shore with a few detours a bit back from it. Good surfaces, really pretty views, and generally flat and well surfaced.... More 

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Scotland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

you can reach gthe loch by car or by walking approx 2 miles to car park. most enjoyable walk and scenery.

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Glossop, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

beautiful area, walks are well signposted, March visit, nice and quiet. Great weather as well. links to many more excellent walks in the area.

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