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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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Take one of the walks in the guide book, available in the Centre at modest cost. All the routes are beautiful and of varying lengths. There is a small snack bar near the Loch, as... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 28, 2015
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Dorset
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33 reviews 33 reviews
6 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

Take one of the walks in the guide book, available in the Centre at modest cost. All the routes are beautiful and of varying lengths. There is a small snack bar near the Loch, as well as toilet facilities.

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Bathgate, United Kingdom
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30 reviews 30 reviews
10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW via mobile

This is a stunning walk around a beautiful senic loch with lots of wildlife and even a ruin in the middle of the loch. Ideally visit on a sunny day and life doesn't get much better than this.

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Carnforth, United Kingdom
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

A lovely place for a walk or cycle ride through the woods round the Loch with great views of the Cairngorms. It costs £1.50 a person to park, but you can stay all day. There is a craft and gift shop and toilets near the car park. Overnight parking for camper vans is very expensive.

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Derby
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85 reviews 85 reviews
20 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Loch an Eilein is a peaceful oasis to walk around with good all weather paths, has small visitor centre.

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Yeovil, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

It really is worth the 3 mile circular walk around this loch. Wildlife is all around you - Red Deer, Red Squirrels and plenty of bird life - inc Crested Tits, Golden Eye and Redstarts. You have to pay a small fee to park in the car park but its a wonderul place to visit with a quaint little gallery... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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26 reviews 26 reviews
15 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

It is a good hike to the loch, around it and back. Beautiful scenery, you can hear the birds chirping away and finally reaching the loch, I saw one of the most serene sites I have ever seen. We had brought a picnic on the hike and amidst the tranquility, and we decided to have a picnic on the banks... More 

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Penarth
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45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015 via mobile

Great scenery and easy walking.Parking was easy and convenient Map clearly signposted walks .Took the dogs

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Forfar
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

Car parking far to expensive, not even a Tarmac surface. Red squirrels galore and lots of bird life. Good path all the way round. Dogs seems to off the lead in many cases even though signs say to keep them on a lead.

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Blackpool, United Kingdom
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95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

£1.50 per adult in the car park. Well worth it as the walk is beautiful. Takes about an hour and only a couple of little inclines. Path is clearly marked although you do get a free map with your entrance. Lots of little paths you can wander down if you wish. Very pretty views as you walk round.

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Manchester
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92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

If the weather is with you it is worth a visit... lovely walks and you can park for a few pounds. I reckon the walk around the Loch is around 4 miles, just over an hour. Take your camera and enjoy the fresh air and views.

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