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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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peaceful walks

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

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

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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Oxford
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

This is a beautiful walk alongside the lake through the forest, a well maintained track makes for easy walking. A lovely way to spend a couple of hours taking in the scenery.

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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

We turned up & it was finely raining so we decided on a stroll rather than a walk. We took photographs & they turned out to be beautiful even if it was miserable. On the way back to the car the sun was out & if we were to come back to aviemore we would definitely walk around it on... More 

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Livingston, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Very beautiful lake with the castle in the middle; fantastic setting for a peaceful walk. I walked to the lake from the visitor centre (which had a cafe) and I saw many wonderful views.

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Aviemore
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21 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Good walk round the loch with amazing scenery. The Castle has an echo...stand opposite where the door was and shout. Great fun for kids. Its a truely magical place...you really must visit. Only thing I don't like is the car park charge.....I know that the place needs upkeep but its a bit steep. Toilets open all year and visitor centre/shop... More 

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Preston
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68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

My family of 6 had a lovely afternoon walk! Took us around 90 min to walk round the lake. It's really beautiful and well worth the trip for some lovely pictures! Be aware there is a charge if u park.£ 1.50 per adult and 50p per child.

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Glasgow, Scotland
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

This is a great place to visit for a walk or cycle. Beautiful setting. Lovely wee cottage shop near the car park with work by local artists.

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Preston, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

A nice couple of hours walk with a picnic by the side of the loch. Footpath all the way round and mostly flat. Small charge for parking and a map issued with the choice of two walks (shorter v longer route). Toilets near the small car park. Well worth a visit.

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Hamilton, South Lanarkshire
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Spent very pleasant couple of hours on a cold winters day wandering round the loch. Lovely views and easy underfoot.

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Cheshire, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

The walk was wonderful and refreshing. Suitable for "good" pushchairs. I think its longer than 3 miles as advised. The terrain was relatively flat. Would make an effect bike ride, dog walk or family walk. Have to pay for parking £1.50 each which maybe is a bit expensive.

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