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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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We hired bikes from our hotel near Aviemore to cycle to and from Loch an Eilein. The ride there was pretty tiring but very enjoyable. There are incredible views along the cycle... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 25 July 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

We hired bikes from our hotel near Aviemore to cycle to and from Loch an Eilein. The ride there was pretty tiring but very enjoyable. There are incredible views along the cycle path. When we arrived we had an ice cream which we bought from the small shop which also sold cans of juice and bottles of water but not... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

This is a lovely walk (3 miles) which is not overly challenging so people who are not very fit should enjoy this walk as there are not any steep paths. It should only take just over an hour to complete this walk although stopping to take photos and to enjoy the scenery can extend the time taken. There are great... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2016

Expensive parking. Good path, wide and fairly level. Saw red squirrels high in the trees.. Our children (4 and 6) managed easily.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2016

An absolutely stunning walk around the loch. Always worth doing if you have the chance. The walk took around 1 1/2 hours at a gentle pace.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2016

Beautiful place, hired mountain bikes, and cycled out, amazing cycling routes, stunning, peaceful loch, good cafe, would defo go back

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2016

This walk takes about 2 and a bit hours to complete - we took the dog and he was as thrilled - he spent most of the time swimming in the loch. The walk itself is beautiful and not too busy.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2016 via mobile

A lovely loch to explore. We hired bikes from Mikes Bikes for the day and cycled to and around the loch. If you go on bikes or walk you do not have to pay. We then headed along the cycle track to loch Morlich. I highly recommend this as its a large circular route through some beautiful places. Also both... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2016

Stunning Loch, dog friendly and excellent quick morning walk not far from everything. Staying in Glenmore camp grounds we found the 10 minute drive and easy access parking excellent for morning walks between here and Loch Morlich

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2016

We enjoyed a 1.5 hour stroll around this beautiful loch on a drizzly Sunday afternoon in July. It's a great place for walkers, hikers, bikers and dogs! There's a good size car park and a small gift shop with a small but welcome choice of refreshments to revive you post walk. Loos too. Nice place.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2016 via mobile

Fantastic day out, plenty of wildlife to see, did a 6 mile walk round the loch with our kids. Plenty of great picnic areas all the way round. Good , reasonable terrain, quite flat although could be muddy if raining, good walking shoes required. Excellent for bikers. Plenty of parking, £3 for the day , which included map of walks... More 

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