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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
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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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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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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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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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Fairlie, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

You feel like a million miles from all of the rush. Car parking facilities are good value and the attendant Donald very polite and knowledgeable. An enjoyable walk around the loch in the autumn sunshine. Marvellous colours and great photographs. A must do when in the area.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

nice walk to the loch and also a lovely view over loch, you have to pay 3 pounds for the parking, but its really nice up there

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

Relatively quiet place to walk or bike especially at this time of year with trees changing colour lovely scenic views looking over the water to Loch an Eilein. Some of the paths could be quite slippery on foot due to the exposed tree roots but then it had rained constantly for 3 days and there were a few boggy places... More

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