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Loch an Eilein

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Excellent family walk

A must do for any families in the area, gentle walk and easy for the full family. Take a camera as... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
johnlR1268AS
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Stirling, United Kingdom
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Lovely walk

This area provides some excellent and varied walks.The scenery is outstanding and although you... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Davy1950inv
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Inverness, United Kingdom
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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. Step back in time and retrace the steps of...more
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Loch an Eilein Rothiemurchus By Aviemore | Rothiemurchus Forest, Cairngorms National Park, Aviemore PH22 1QT, Scotland
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

A must do for any families in the area, gentle walk and easy for the full family. Take a camera as some stunning pictures can be taken on the way round. If the kids wear wellies then there is plenty little streams for them to...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This area provides some excellent and varied walks.The scenery is outstanding and although you encounter lots of other people they are generally well mannered and friendly.

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Rothiescot, Manager at Loch an Eilein, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for this helpful review. We're so pleased you enjoyed our wide paths - hopefully the ancient forest means that you can have a feeling of wildness and being alone, even tho there are other people walking and biking. Hope you can visit again.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What can I say a sublime days walking Beautiful setting with snow capped mountains in the distance This is well worth doing if you are in the area 1.3 mile route around the Loch is peaceful and serene The car park has toilets and a...More

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Rothiescot, Manager at Loch an Eilein, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We are so pleased you enjoyed Loch an Eilein - thank you for this wonderful review and for caring for this special place for wildlife by paying to park. Do hope you can visit again - its stunning throughout the year.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Loch An Eilein is easily accessible by car and has plenty of parking for all of its guests. However, it should be noted that this is charged at £1.50 per person. The Loch has a surrounding footpath which is great for walkers and cycling around....More

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Rothiescot, Manager at Loch an Eilein, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Great review - thank you. We are very aware that paying for parking is near the top of people’s general dislikes and irritations. We are therefore especially grateful to you and everyone else who pays to park at Loch an Eilein; many tell us they...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely pleasent location. Beautiful views of the loch and good paths. We were able to take a push chair round.More

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Rothiescot, Manager at Loch an Eilein, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for this review and for caring for this stunning area and special wildlife by paying to park and using the maintained path around the loch. So glad you were able to take a push chair round - we want all ages to be...More

Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Stunning place to stroll for 2-3 hours in silence and fresh air, very quiet, a few RED squirrels LONG THE WAY

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Rothiescot, General Manager at Loch an Eilein, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

I am so glad you had such a wonderful visit to this enchanting place, It is a particularly good time to enjoy Red Squirrels as they're running around collecting food for the winter. Thank you for this lovely review and hope you can return soon.

Reviewed November 4, 2018

We loved this lovely loch and the area. Was a brisk November day with slight over cast skies but some blue in the distance behind the hill........just loved this one!!!!

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Rothiescot, General Manager at Loch an Eilein, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

What a lovely review - thank you. I am so pleased you enjoyed this very special place and hope you can return,

Reviewed November 1, 2018 via mobile

Wonderful way to start the day at one with nature. Greeted by red squirrel when I got out the car. Went after sunrise as foggy start to the day. So still and peaceful and got to admire all by myself as no other visitors.

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Rothiescot, General Manager at Loch an Eilein, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Thank you for this lovely review. Hope you can return for another amazing visit.

Reviewed November 1, 2018 via mobile

On our visits to Aviemore a walk round Loch an Eilein is a must. It’s ideal for young children and is manageable for pushchairs and buggies. The views and scenery round the loch and up to the Cairngorms are stunning. For social walkers it takes...More

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Rothiescot, General Manager at Loch an Eilein, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

I am delighted you enjoyed your visit - thank you for writing this very helpful 5 bubble review and thank you for caring for it by paying to park so future generations can enjoy it as well. Hope you can return soon.

Reviewed October 30, 2018 via mobile

What a gorgeous walk! The loch and surrounding forest are outstanding, especially this time of year. The colours are outstanding. The walk is nice and at around 3.5 miles was doable with an 8, 7 and 6 year old. The island in the loch with...More

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Rothiescot, Manager at Loch an Eilein, responded to this reviewResponded October 30, 2018

I am delighted that you all enjoyed your walk round Loch an Eilein - thank you for this great review. This year the autumn colours are amazing - they almost look unreal; we are very grateful to you and all those who care for this...More

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Nicola C
September 20, 2018|
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Response from Vicki S | Reviewed this property |
Yes you can park, they are pretty strict about you staying any longer than one night.
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Ozzie943
September 4, 2018|
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Response from Rothiescot | Property representative |
Yes, however, the edge of the loch is very close to the car park and visitor centre where you can get wonderful views and just a short walk anticlockwise to get closer to the island castle. If you want to walk round the... More
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Reidkx T
August 20, 2018|
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Response from vixxy1969 | Reviewed this property |
If I remember rightly I don't think you can
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