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Loch an Eilein

Aviemore, Scotland
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Ranked #1 of 14 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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Dundee, United Kingdom
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51 reviews 51 reviews
9 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

A straight forward and easy grade of walk in one of the most picture perfect landscapes in the UK. The opportunity to see all sorts of wildlife is there for the taking. I just cannot visit that part of the world without a walk round Loch an Eilein. It is also a launch pad for many more adventurous hikes in... More

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Forest walks, scenery, wildlife and great place to escape the more hectic Aviemore. Popular with cyclists.

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Highland Village, Texas
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

An amazing place for a nice walk, and we had great weather on the day we walked. Beautiful scenery. 1.50 (each person in the car) to park, though.

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Benson, Arizona
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

Thoroughly enjoyable, relaxing and beautiful 3 mile hike around lake. Scenic backdrops in the distance as well. Well kept trail.

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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55 reviews 55 reviews
8 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

An unspoiled delight. Miles of lovely walking with glorious views . The 3 mile walk around the loch is an easy ramble and we managed it with a 3 year old and pushchair. There's a small shop selling nicely hand-made crafts and a basic machine for the odd cup of tea or coffee on return. They've started charging £1.50 per... More

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Willington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

Fresh air, a lovely woodland in which to walk and a pretty loch - so restful. The walk is easy and very relaxing, and it winds its way around the loch. There is a visitor centre and loos, too. I would recommend wearing sturdy walking shoes as there are a few stones and tree roots along the path. The weather... More

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Tennessee
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44 reviews 44 reviews
9 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

This is an easy three miles walk around the loch. The area is beautiful and if the weather is good - well worth it.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

A bit cheeky charging to park, but they have to fund the unnecessary printed maps somehow. Lovely spot though.

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Leicester
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Cycled here from Aviemore (easy ride) and then did about 2/3 of the cycle route round the Loch (on hybrid bikes - would have been slightly easier on mountain bikes). At that point we branched off into the Rothiemurcus estate and made our way back via well signposted tracks through the lovely forest.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

What a lovley piece of very accessible rural Scotland. Stunning landscape and well worth the limited effort to viist.

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