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Loch an Eilein

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Aviemore, Scotland
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Lovely walks

Walked round Loch an Eilein and Loch Gamhna, the latter was much quieter but quite muddy in places... read more

Reviewed yesterday
khalli
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Amazing - that's all I can say!

My daughter and myself walked around the loch on a beautiful Saturday morning. The peacefulness... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
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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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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Walked round Loch an Eilein and Loch Gamhna, the latter was much quieter but quite muddy in places. Even managed to see the elusive red squirrel 🐿.

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

My daughter and myself walked around the loch on a beautiful Saturday morning. The peacefulness, scenery and calmness felt was amazing. I have limited ability for strenuous hill walks but this suited me perfectly. Please add to your walks if visiting the area.More

Thank Jean G
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Rothiescot, Manager at Loch an Eilein, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

We are so pleased you had such a wonderful walk - thank you for writing this review. Loch an Eilein is wonderful all year and particularly magical in the winter. We are very grateful to visitors for helping care for it by paying to park,...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

1.5 hours with 5 year old and a pushchair carrying 2 year old path easy going but slippery in places. Peaceful even in half term great view of castle on island in loch. Car park unusual pay per personMore

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Rothiescot, Manager at Loch an Eilein, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for taking the time to review your visit to Loch an Eilein. We're pleased you enjoyed your walk with 'little people' and apologise that the path was slippery in places. We cleared pine needles in the autumn and have been trying to carry...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

My partner and I took a slow walk around Loch Eilein, taking photos and stopping at numerous places to take in the views. Some people have swam out to the island so it is possible if you are up for it.More

Thank Corrin B
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Rothiescot, Manager at Loch an Eilein, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

So glad you enjoyed your walk - it's particularly stunning in winter. Do hope you can return soon. Gosh - brave people wild swimming at this time of the year. Loch an Eilein is not a particularly safe place to swim at any time of...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

We had a winter wonderland walk round the loch after a snow shower and it was breathtaking - well worth the £1.50 per head for parking.

Thank William Y
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Rothiescot, Manager at Loch an Eilein, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

We're delighted you enjoyed your winter walk - thank you for telling us. We think its more beautiful in the winter and snow makes it magical. Kind people like you who pay to park, help care for this stunning place - thank you.

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Reviewed 6 days ago

We visited on Valentine's Day and knew our visit would be interesting from the start as we drove down the road to the Loch, there was a fallen tree in the road so my husband and others helped to move it. It turns out the...More

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Rothiescot, General Manager at Loch an Eilein, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

It was a memorable day and hopefully a one off 'perfect storm'; with no skiing, half term and Valentine's Day many visitors wanted to walk at and to Loch an Eilein. In the morning the wind became so strong that part of the roof covering...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A lovely peaceful area to walk in. We visited on a very cold day and only managed a short walk before we got too cold! Views are beautiful!

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Rothiescot, Manager at Loch an Eilein, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for letting us know about your visit - even in the shelter of the forest round the loch it was very cold. Do hope you'll be able to visit again and walk round the loch.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited as part of our tour of our home country and on the recommendation of a friend, the place itself is stunning and to top off our visit they were filming a Netflix future production when we arrived so really hoping they keep those scenes...More

Thank derek190563
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Rothiescot, Manager at Loch an Eilein, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for taking the time to tell us about your visit to Loch an Eilein. We felt it was very important that visitors' expectations were met and you could have a great visit during filming so it's really good to hear this happened. We...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited last weekend, is a beautiful walk and a must when in Aviemore! Not much more to say other than a must see and would definitely return when in Aviemore again. Beautiful part of Scotland.

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Rothiescot, Manager at Loch an Eilein, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for taking the time to write this lovely review. Its great to hear about your visit and we hope you can return soon.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Managed to get time to walk around the loch. Highly recommended would happily go back. Lovely scenery and great walk with the dogs.More

Thank Martin7272
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Rothiescot, Manager at Loch an Eilein, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for taking the time to write this review. He do hope you can return - the sled dog event started 34 years ago at Loch an Eilein and it would be great if there was as much snow at next year's event as...More

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teresa1212017
27 July 2017|
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Response from Grumski56 | Reviewed this property |
I'd suggest speaking to Rothiemurchus estate office (they have a page on the web).
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Fiona M
3 July 2017|
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Response from stewart162 | Reviewed this property |
I think so. Check with rothiemurcus estate.
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