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“wonderful scenery”
Review of Loch an Eilein

Loch an Eilein
Ranked #1 of 44 things to do in Aviemore
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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.
Dingwall, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
114 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
“wonderful scenery”
Reviewed December 10, 2012

This has to be one of the most beautiful lochs and surrounds in the country.Nowadays you have to pay for parking which is inevitable progress due to the cost of maintenance.There;s everything anyone could ask for here--mountains,water,views,a ruined castle,forest walks and outdoor sports nearby.Utopia.

Visited June 2012
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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“A walk for all seasons”
Reviewed November 22, 2012

We usually start or end a trip to Strathspey with this walk although more recently, we parked at Rothiemurcus and walked in from the caravan site and joined the lairig ghru before hitting the side of Loch an Eilein. There's a toilet near the car park, a shop selling crafts and sweets and a small lochen allowing you to extend the walk a little and get away from the families and dog walkers. It's just such a relaxing and, to us, familiar walk, it's a great stress-buster (unless you prefer to climb mountains in which case you find it a little tame!).

Visited November 2012
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Dunoon
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“Beautiful”
Reviewed November 11, 2012

Always walk here when in Aviemore. A very easy and level walk and suitable for little ones on bikes.

Visited October 2012
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Dunfermline, United Kingdom
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“Stunning”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

One of the most beautiful walks in Scotland. The views and scenery are amazing, but it does get a bit like a motorway at times, so go mid-week to really feel you are getting away from it all.

Visited November 2012
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London, UK
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“Mysterious”
Reviewed October 24, 2012

This is a great hike but make sure you walk on the trail and not the road, which is a bit risky because of fast drivers! It's easy to miss the trail.

The lake is peaceful and has a lovely art gallery. It's a nice hike for a day or half day depending on whether you go the whole way round the lake. Very easy and accessible by cars for those who cannot do as much walking.

Visited September 2012
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