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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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Willington, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

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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8 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

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
5 helpful votes 5 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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25 attraction reviews
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
6 helpful votes 6 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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London, United Kingdom
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16 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

Beautiful, tranquil loch. We parked in one of several free parking/picnin areas and enjoyed a relaxing walk around the waters edge. Scenery is absolutly stunning.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

Spectacularly beautiful Loch with lovely walking trails. Can be busy as very popular, we came by on horse back and there were lots of people everywhere, we didn't have our camera when we were on horseback so we popped back to take some photos in the late afternoon, all the people had gone by 4:30 and we had the Loch... More

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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70 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

After briefly glimpsing the loch during our pony trek we came back for a better look and I even went for a swim across the loch (Note:It is cold!) The ruined castle is exceedingly picturesque. Parking charges are a bit irritating, you would never see parking charges for a natural park back home.

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Kajang, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

My wife and I just visited Loch an Eilein today. Serene and beautiful view. Taken many beautiful pictures and had picnic there. Terrain is flat, safe and easy to walk. Pay £1.50 per person for parking.

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Hook, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

You walk for about 1 - 1.5 hours around the Loch. Its fairly flat, and folks were doing it with elderly relatives and small children and bikes. Its a beautiful walk, and you get a taste for the best of Scottish scenery. You do have to pay for the car park on entry, but they provide loos, and a gift... More

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