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“Stunning scenery” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Loch an Eilein

Loch an Eilein
Aviemore, Scotland
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Ranked #1 of 13 attractions in Aviemore
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Bodies of Water
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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.
Northumberland, United Kingdom
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“Stunning scenery”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

Loch an Eileen is so pretty
It's well worth a walk around and a great opportunity to take some gorgeous pictures

Visited February 2014
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“Nice Loch - easy walking”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014

A good place to visit for a quick walk (3.5 miles) and to enjoy some scenery. It was winter so the visitor centre was closed (but they still charged £1.50 per person to enter the car park!). I don't mind paying a bit, but we thought it was quite alot just to walk around a lake. That said the path was well managed, the area was clean and it was a pleasant few hours outside.

Visited February 2014
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“Beautiful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

Stunning scenery. There is a choice of walking routes to take in the natural beauty of Rothiemurchas.

Visited February 2014
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“Lovely walk”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

Walked this in conjunction with another walk really enjoyed it . We were fortunate with the weather. They have some toilets there too which are open even in the winter. The walk is fairly easy going takes only around an hour to an hour and a half. If you walk from the Hilton around and back it takes about 2-3 hours.

Visited January 2014
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Rothiemurchus, Owner at Loch an Eilein, responded to this review, February 11, 2014
The team here is very grateful to you and to all those who help to care for Rothiemurchus. Thank you. We are so pleased you enjoyed walking round Loch an Eilein. Generations of visitors have loved very special place, most people return again and again and they tell us how much they want it to stay the same - stunningly beautiful, romantic, relaxing atmospheric and accessible, many tell us they would like to help care for it. Paying for attended parking is one of the easiest ways visitors can do this and there are different options, £4.50 is the maximum for a car but most pay less.

For years there was a standard parking charge but many couples and single visitors wrote to tell us they felt it was not right that a full car was paying the same charge. So about twelve years ago we introduced ‘the Explorer’ which includes free parking, an excellent walks map and other benefits throughout the Rothiemurchus and the annual Friends of Rothiemurchus for those who visit more often. People can still pay a standard car parking charge if they prefer and this should have been explained to you. We feel this is working towards the sustainable care of a place with many international natural heritage accolades, that is also part of Scotland’s cultural heritage and has been called one of the U.K’s most amazing places.

The challenge for us all is to make visiting Loch an Eilein sustainable. The parking charge helps secure and improve habitats for the many priority species of wildlife who live in the ancient forest which surrounds the loch, contributes towards looking after the outstanding paths, keeping the Visitor Centre and loos open every day whatever the weather, the Ranger service, the friendly attendant to help visitors and the big team behind the scenes who make all this possible.

Thank you for letting us know how you feel. We hope you have many more lovely walks here - Loch en Eilein is always stunning.
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Leven, United Kingdom
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“gorgeous in winter”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

If you re lucky enough to go when its below zero, chances are it'll be frozen over. Stunning views and relaxing, flat walk around the loch.

Visited December 2013
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Rothiemurchus, Manager at Loch an Eilein, responded to this review, February 11, 2014
Thank you - it looks stunning frozen over but please be careful and don't be tempted by the seemingly unbroken surface to venture out onto the ice. Freshwater springs under the water make the ice at Loch an Eilein and Loch Morlich unreliable and unsafe. There have been tragedies and near misses, We hope you have more wonderful winter visits.
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