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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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Very nice walk around the lake

Very nice walk around the lake, took us an hour and a half, very beautiful Only quirky thing is that the parking costs per person and not per car, weird? I thought so.... Don't... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Very nice walk around the lake, took us an hour and a half, very beautiful Only quirky thing is that the parking costs per person and not per car, weird? I thought so.... Don't forget to take some water with you there are several nice benches during the walk

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Hebden Bridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

A great little ride with kids. When you get there you can have a swim and a coffee in the small centre that sits beside the water.

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Thank amandaelwen
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Gorgeous scenic circular walk easy for young kids took about an hour/hour and half plenty to see/climb and lovely shop at start/end and picnic spot by lake edge. Toilets next to shop.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We arrived and and had a lovely walk around the lake, didn't take too long and was not to difficult, beautiful views. We then tried some kayaking and had a great time, young and old

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Westhill, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Lucky to have sunshine. Walk flat, relatively easy although sturdy buggy would be best option for young children. Very peaceful. Shop and loo just before the main path. Parking for 2 folk in a car was £3 - man at gate not the happiest at his work - either that he just didn't like my other half's jokes!

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Thank WeeBek
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Car parking is £1.50 pp not per car. And I wasn't upset by this like many of the other reviewers. The paths are all well maintained, the car park is manned, you get a simple map on entry and there is the use of toilets meaning the £3 parking we paid didn't bother me at all. It took around 1.5hrs... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Walked there with friends, took an hour and a half to complete the loch circuit, 3.3 miles . It was beautiful in the late afternoon - the well-made paths do not keep to the lochside but climb above it most of the time. Not as flat as one would imagine. The Forestry Commission charge £1.50 per person to park and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

A good walk for families with plenty to see and no steep gradients to surmount. Car park charges if NTS member

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed a short hike to the lake and then a trip around the edge. The land is fairly flat so an easy hike for the whole family. The paths are also good for trail bike riding and both hikers and bikers share. Enjoy.

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Aviemore, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Loch an Eileen is a little gem of a Loch. It's one of those places that if you can you have to visit. It's great for picnic's short walks long walks or just to sit and listen to nature.

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