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“Stunning - I'll be back!”
Review of Loch an Eilein

Loch an Eilein
Ranked #1 of 46 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.
Reviewed January 29, 2013

Beautiful scenery and very well kept woodland. This is Scotland at it's best. The mountains in the background, sprinkled with snow - why would anyone want to live anywhere else? I think I looked in the breathtaking views more than I walked!! Loved it. PS: It's dog friendly too - I'm positive my spaniel was smiling all the way! :-D

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Reviewed January 28, 2013

The walk itself is really nice and as the snow was on the ground it looked really pretty. But could not believe that we were charged £1.50 each to park the car. So try to park outside instead to save some money.

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Rothiemurchus, Manager at Loch an Eilein, responded to this reviewResponded February 4, 2013

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. We are very sorry the parking attendant did not explain how the charge for parking is one of the easiest ways visitors can do this and there are different options.

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.

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.

Thank you for letting us know how you feel. If visitors do not wish to contribute to caring for this wonderful forest by paying for parking, it would be more responsible to park in one of the free car parks at Inverdruie or Aviemore and walk an extra mile or two than park on the verge of a narrow road or block gates and passing places. We hope you will return to Loch en Eilein which is always stunning and enjoy walking there.

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Reviewed January 16, 2013

Done this walk / bike ride tonnes of times in all sorts of weather and it never disappoints. The walk is a great length for kids and is just about pushchair friendly (with a bit of effort).

Thank Mark T
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Reviewed January 11, 2013

We came here with our two dogs on a rather damp and dreary January day, not expecting much more than a walk around the loch. Just as we arrived, there appeared a break in the clouds and then the sun came out.

The surface of the loch was like a mirror and the views across became magical. Hearts were lifted and all the World's problems disappeared.

I would recommend a "clockwise", rather than a widdershins, journey!

Thank spycatcher007
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Reviewed January 10, 2013

We visit here quite a lot as its only a few miles from home. The place never seems crowded, even in the height of the season. Beautiful loch, surrounded by ancient caledonian pines and there is even a ruined castle in the loch. Add the backdrop of the Cairngorms and you have the perfect setting for some amazing photos. My only moan is the cost of car parking which I think is a bit steep especially if you want to go regularly but its worth it I suppose for the peaceful beauty of the place, lovely walks etc. I always send or take any visitors I have here and they are always impressed.

Thank woodybark
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