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Loch an Eilein

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Address: Aviemore, Scotland
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Hidden in the forest of Rothiemurchus, this beautiful place is one of the...

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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Good walk in a great setting

Very easy walk on excellent well maintained paths. 2 hours to walk round with a 4 year old. Will return.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
Kierin R
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Very easy walk on excellent well maintained paths. 2 hours to walk round with a 4 year old. Will return.

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Thank Kierin R
Aviemore, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is my local walk and I never tire of it. Great for taking visitors or family to expose them to the beauty and tranquility of this wonderful area. The walk can be done at a brisk rate in around an hour but best to linger and enjoy the scenery. Great for a family ramble or as a solo walk... More 

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Very popular attraction. Long and short walks available. Dogs welcome on leads. Very scenic. Have to pay to park the car though!

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Thank tally505
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I absolutely love this place. Not only are the views and the walks stunning but it's always so peaceful. Great place to walk the dog. It's good for all range of people too because there are long and short walking routes available. Just a great place to spend the afternoon.

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Thank Emma H
Essex, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

good paths, easy walking and beautiful scenery - well worth a visit! Peaceful even though fairly busy.

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Thank Peter N
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a beautiful area to visit. The parking was £1.50 per person. It takes roughly one hour and a half to walk around the loch. There is also toilet facilities.

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Thank Jennifer S
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Decided to walk round the loch recommended by the chef in our hotel. Glad we did because it was lovely, it takes around 1.5 hours to walk all the way and the view was spectacular.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A fair sized car park for winter but I expect it would fill up fast in summer. Cost of £3 for parking and depends on how many of you are in the car. Walk is easy to do and path is shared with cyclists and runners. Would be nice to have some fact boards around the loch possibly but it... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful Loch with the castle as a hidden gem. Lovely walk around the Loch for those feeling a connection with nature. Would definitely revisit.

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Thank Lyndsay H
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a well maintained pleasant walk that is great for all ages and abilities. Our two dogs loved it as did our two teenage children. The Loch is beautiful with the Castle ruins so plenty of good photo opportunities. Well worth a visit.

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