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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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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

great loch to explore- we strolled around for hours with the pooch who loved it. Family and disabled friendly. nice little shop. Great setting.

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Dunfermline, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

We have walked round this and also cycled around it and had a picnic there too. Lovely place and a definite must during an aviemore trip. Very flat and scenic. We had a four and seven year old with us and they managed fine with the 5km distance.

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East Yorkshire, UK
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26 reviews 26 reviews
12 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

What a beautiful place, we decided to visit after being recommended by friends as it was supposed to have paths that were suitable for wheelchairs. The gentleman took our money (half price) for the car parking and then we set off, unfortunately we didn't get much further than the quaint gift shop and the loch area around there as the... More

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
8 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Feels very remote and off the beaten track whilst actually being just 10 mins drive from aviemore. Lovely circular walk around the loch through the trees. Very scenic. Easy walk path.

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Dundee, United Kingdom
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52 reviews 52 reviews
9 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

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
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

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
5 helpful votes 5 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
22 helpful votes 22 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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8 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
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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