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“Lovely stroll”
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.
Ontario
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“Lovely stroll”
Reviewed March 23, 2013

Lovely stroll around the loch. Nothing strenuous and fairly flat. When the heather is in bloom, it's particularly lovely. Path is wide, soft, & dry underfoot. Ruins of a castle in the middle of the loch. Tip - beware of the fee and check your payment. We'd paid for something nearby like parking or something or other and that fee covered Loch an Eilein too, but the kindly gentleman who collected the fees didn't tell us or know. Someone else pointed it out. Ouch!

Visited August 2012
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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“One of Scotland's little gems”
Reviewed March 23, 2013

The scenery is beautiful and walking very easy on well tended paths, an excellent place to see wild life and breathe in the fantastic Scottish highland air.

Visited March 2013
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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“It's a nice place, but that was it”
Reviewed March 20, 2013

This place is not too bad. Take note there's a per-head fee at the parking of about 1.5 pound. There are some bird feeds which attracts some interesting wildlife. There is probably a scenic spot or two to take pictures, but the little castle? in the middle was a little underwhelming. If you have time to spare it is not a bad place to go to, but you're probably here for the ski mountains of Cairngorm..no?

Visited March 2013
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Hamilton, Scotland
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“Wonderful Place”
Reviewed March 19, 2013

A walk round the loch is always on my list every time we visit Aviemore. The paths are easy for pushing a buggy, we visited with our 3 month old grandson and getting round the loch was not difficult, although a bit rough in places.

Scenery is stunning, my favourite place in Scotland.

Visited March 2013
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Wakefield, United Kingdom
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“Stunning”
Reviewed March 18, 2013

A visit on a beautifully clear, but cold February day, saw the Loch frozen solid and the sand also covered in frost. It was such a lovely location, so peaceful (although may attract a lot of visitor in summer)

There was a stunning view of the mountain in the distance covered in snow.

Visited February 2013
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