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Loch an Eilein

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Aviemore, Scotland
+44 1479 812345
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Varied circular walk round loch in stunning setting

We are drawn back here every time we come to Aviemore - it's an easy to follow route round the loch... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Loch an Eilein is absolutely stunning. The walk around the loch is lovely, and the castle in the... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Fábio Henrique d
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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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“lovely walk” (88 reviews)
“ruined castle” (35 reviews)
“car park” (126 reviews)
Aviemore, Scotland
Aviemore, Scotland
+44 1479 812345
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We are drawn back here every time we come to Aviemore - it's an easy to follow route round the loch that offers great views across the water and out into the surrounding area. At a gentle pace and stopping to enjoy the many viewpoints...More

Thank Ailsa_n_Darren
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Loch an Eilein is absolutely stunning. The walk around the loch is lovely, and the castle in the middle of it makes it even nicer. Recommended.

Thank Fábio Henrique d
Reviewed 1 week ago

This Loch is absolutely beautiful and so peaceful. We hired bikes and cycled round which took us about an hour. Definitely worth a visit if you are in the area.

Thank laura19081
Reviewed 1 week ago

Not too strenuous circular walk around the loch very flat so suitable for all walking abilities. Ideal views on nearly all parts of the walk, very relaxing.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Loved this winter walk it was delightful in a really picturesque. The area around is stunning and well worth the visit

Thank 72Andrea1
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Drove here and it is £1.50 per adult to park but for this you get a map of walks and some other info so all good. We took the 3 mile round walk to the Rothiemurchus Visitors Centre. Lovely wood walk on the way back...More

Thank lesley150
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lovely place to visit. Walks around Loch. Car Park large with bird feeders at one end where many birds were feeding. Scenery stunning. There is a per person charge of £2 to enter.

Thank Mjcmw
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I really enjoyed this walk with my wife. It was a fine crisp day weather wise and this walk helped blow the cobwebs away. I would highly recommend it. Of course in the highlands there are many many types of walks with long open views...More

Thank Gary H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Hidden gem, a little off the beaten track but well worth the visit. Worth knowing that parking/entrance is £1.50/adult, which is well worth it. Beautiful 3 mile walk around the lake ❤️

Thank thatsnotmymonster
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great walk round the Loch, Paths are well kept. Best early morning before the mountain bikers with no bells on their bikes . If it wasn’t for my partner I would have thrown one in the Loch

Thank OffshoreAndy
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Questions & Answers
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.