Loch an Eilein, Aviemore

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Tucked away in Rothiemurchus Forest, enjoy dramatic views, exceptional wildlife, and the ruins of a 13th-century island castle at Loch an Eilein. Walking around the Loch is fairly easy, and part of the Rothiemurchus marked network of paths. It was voted as Britain’s Best Picnic Spot in 2010, so don’t forget to bring a basket. Wildlife enthusiasts should look out for protected red squirrels and listen for the distinctive song of the Scottish crossbills. You can even soak up some culture at the Loch’s gallery, displaying local artwork. Take a look at our Aviemore vacation site to schedule your visit to Loch an Eilein and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • Wonderful for (amateur) photographers to get to. Also beautiful area for hiking and mountain biking.
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  • beautiful waters, awesome woods and breath taking views.. excellent location for a walk/trek.. everyone in our group elders and kids/toddlers enjoyed it alike Parking charged at £4.50 per car or £1.50...  more »
  • This small loch is cute and seems very appreciate local. It allows a short walk to the discovery of the Caledonian forest: Heath, pine and Wild raspberries. A moment of communion with nature.
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  • This place is a gem. Easy to walk dirt road around the loch, it took a us longer than suggested 1.5h to walk around with three kids. With plenty of breaks for views, collecting sticks, climbing rocks, snacks and all, kids enjoyed it immensely. There is main dirt road around the loch, which is an easy walk, also if you have a baby in a buggy. There are also plenty of small paths going around, some are quite easy, others might bring you to swampy areas or overgrown ones.
  • Amazingly picturesque. Not as well known as other lochs so relatively quiet. Really good walks especially for dog owners.
  • Beautiful place. You can follow the main path, or the one that goes around the shore for a more quiet walk.
  • Gorgeous scenery. Lovely tranquil spot for a walk or cycle
  • peaceful 2-3 hour walk around the Loch with lovely views. only a 5 minute walk from the car park to the Loch well looked after grounds definitely worth a visit there's also some ducks there too. remember to bring your water 😊

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Aviemore is a resort area inside the Glenmore Forest Park protected area. Most lodging, both hotel chains and major resorts, are concentrated around the town's main road and the River Spey. Consider a B&B or guesthouse slightly deeper in the park from Aviemore. These offer luxury stays among what feels like untouched natural scenery.
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