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Loch an Eilein

#1 of 44 things to do in Aviemore Features Animals
Aviemore, Scotland
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Absolutely beautiful place. The sun was shining the day we visited which was an added bonus. Only... read more

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Lake walk

We walked entirely around the lake. Took about two hours on a stroll. There is a castle on an... read more

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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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Aviemore, Scotland
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Absolutely beautiful place. The sun was shining the day we visited which was an added bonus. Only saw a small part as we have young kids but they also enjoyed the short walk. My only complaint is the rip off parking charge, £4 is a...More

Thank AFoster44
Reviewed 2 days ago

We walked entirely around the lake. Took about two hours on a stroll. There is a castle on an island in the middle of the lake (which is what the name means in English--Lake and Island). It's a lovely, easy walk with a small gallery...More

Thank bboyd46
Reviewed 3 days ago

Well-signposted from the main road from Coylumbridge, a narrow but well-surfaced road with passing places brings you to a spacious car park with a friendly attendant. Parking costs are based on the number of occupants in the car, which is fair (£1.50 per adult). There's...More

Thank PauloB7
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Greatly relaxing place to sit, explore and enjoy the stunning scenery for hours. Bonus points: feed the ducks out of your hands.

Thank Amblin K
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This lake is located at approx. 5 miles from Aviemore and approx. 2 and 1/2 miles from the Rothiemurchus centre. On foot it is feasible, but if you then wish to go also around the lakes it becomes a bit more difficult if you are...More

Thank Irene V
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lovely views Across the loch, walked with wife and 2 kids (11 & 9). Even the 9 year old enjoyed the trek

Thank Steve C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Popular with cyclists as well as walkers, this is a lovely circuit with lots of places for kids to have fun, climbing, making a den, throwing stones in the water and feeding the ducks. Take a picnic, no food available once you leave the start....More

Thank Brinylobster
Reviewed 1 week ago

Well worth the walk or cycle there highly recommend there is a carpark so you can drive to it though beautiful place

Thank Deborah C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

First time visiting here , loch is a bit out the way but worth finding ! Paid £1.50 each to park and take a walk. Nice views and surrounding and a great way to kill a few hours and burn some calories !

Thank Natalie W
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great for a quiet morning walk. We arrived somewhat early and thus avoided the crowds and were lucky to see a red squirrel play in the trees. There are some really nice views across the loch and to the mountains.

Thank PernillePingvin
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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.
14 April 2017|
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Response from Janet G |
The parking is not per car it's £1.50 per person. It's more of a donation than a fee and well worth every penny. You get exceptionally well maintained litter free paths, a parking space for your car a map, use of the toilet... More
14 April 2017|
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Response from Rothiescot | Property representative |
Thank you for asking about parking at Loch an Eilein. When you pay to park at Loch an Eilein you will be helping care for this special area as all the income helps support the team that look after it throughout the year... More