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Loch an Eilein

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Address: Aviemore, Scotland
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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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Just did this walk yesterday and it was so enjoyable, the weather was excellent, the walk is easy enough and the path well marked

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Just did this walk yesterday and it was so enjoyable, the weather was excellent, the walk is easy enough and the path well marked

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Lowestoft, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

It is on a private estate which id very well kept. You pay £1.50 per adult for the whole day. There is a tea room and gallery. Also toilets. Very relaxing. Lots of paths going off. Good for walkers with buggies. Cyclists too. Good all rounder for every age.

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Thank Cherry D
Scotland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is a lovely walk around the Loch and very easy going as mainly flat. The path is well kept and it takes about 1.5 hours to walk the complete circuit and admire the scenery. There are numerous other paths to take if you want a longer walk. There are toilets and a gift shop close to the car park

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

beautiful lake with amazing scenery. Well worth a visit. You can walk all around the lake which is well worth doing. Takes approx 1-1.5 hours

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a fairly easy walk for all abilities but not recommended for wheel chairs or prams. It is just over 3 miles around so give yourself 2 hours for a comfortable stroll. There is a small gift shop by the car park which charges for the number of occupants in the car. The good point is that towards the... More 

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Thank Desmond C
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were travelling from Fort Williams to Aberdeen with my wife and decided to make a stop and hace a picnic in Loch an Eilein. It was lovely. We found a spot in the shore with a great view to the island. Highly recomendable. Just buy a couple of tasty things at The supermarket at Aviemore (5min by car) and... More 

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Rothiescot, General Manager at Loch an Eilein, responded to this review

Thank you for this review, it was kind of you to take the time to write and we are so pleased you enjoyed your visit to Loch an Eilein. The Explorer charge of £1.50 per person is not an entrance fee - it includes many benefits and freebies throughout Rothiemurchus including parking at LAE or you can just park for... More 

Chester-le-Street, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is absolutely stunning! The scenery as you walk round the loch is spectacular! We enjoyed it so much, we did it a second time! It was one of those memories that you want to bottle up and save forever! The walk itself is a pretty simple one and a half to two hours, but allow more time for... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a glorious walk through some of the most beautiful unspoilt forest you can find in this country. The path is well maintained and its a pretty easy couple of hours mosey round so should be manageable for all abilities. Make sure you wear midge repellent and be prepared for changeable weather! Keep your eyes on the tress as... More 

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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A great place to walk or cycle around with views of loch most of the way around and can either be completed as a loop or verse off onto other oaths to continue to another area. We walked from Aviemore about 3 miles then did circular back via Rothiemurchus about 11 miles in total. Not too busy and def quiet... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a simply delightful walk in tranquil and beautiful scenery that offers a chance to get a glimpse of some elusive wildlife, we saw a red squirrel and delighted in watching it in the trees for a few moments. Allegedly, if you're really lucky, you might get to see a Pine Marten but, unfortunately, they eluded us. There's a... More 

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