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Loch an Eilein

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Aviemore, Scotland
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A bit of a honey pot for tourists. Very pretty, good access, but don't expect a wilderness... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Ian S
Hike around Loch an Eilein

Beautiful hike. Trails well maintained. They were building an interesting old village at the edge... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Holly F
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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 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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“ruined castle” (35 reviews)
Aviemore, Scotland
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Reviewed 3 days ago

A bit of a honey pot for tourists. Very pretty, good access, but don't expect a wilderness experience. It is very popular.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful hike. Trails well maintained. They were building an interesting old village at the edge of the loch when we went. Fascinating.

Thank Holly F
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A family owned reconstructed castle. The money and energy put in to reconstruct this castle are evident....as the guide adequately put it...a man with a dream and a wife with thw money! Definitely take the guided tour. Guides are very helpful and informative. Allow at...More

Thank Ruben C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I went there with a couple of friends. We walked around the loch, it took us around 2 hours. Very nice view!

Thank PalomaLS
Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful scenery perfect and peaceful.walks and picnics in surreal surroundings.cant believe this was my first visit but it definitely won't be my last.

Thank witchhills
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lovely views! Had a look online and found an alternative, slightly longer and more strenuous route. However the normal route us on flat footpath which is well maintained. If you want a quick look of the castle in the middle of the loch, turn right...More

Thank heelium
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

entry is free but the car park costs a little fee. The area is available also for dogs. There is a little artist shop and a cafe that we did not visit. The walk around the loch is very nice but the weather has to...More

Thank gaulois2017
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Did the loch walk in the rain but it was really enjoyable. The trees are spectacular and the heather and ferns were so beautiful . Rain didn't spoil lovely walk . Our dog had a wonderful time .

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Must give top rating. We became engaged in this lovely setting 62 years ago. Try for the echo from the Wolf of Badenoch's Castle

Thank JohnCEdinburgh
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Many times I have visited this exquisite highland setting. Ideal walking can be undertaken round the loch at lochside level.

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27 July 2017|
Response from Grumski56 | Reviewed this property |
I'd suggest speaking to Rothiemurchus estate office (they have a page on the web).
Fiona M
3 July 2017|
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Response from stewart162 | Reviewed this property |
I think so. Check with rothiemurcus estate.