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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  • How can this be anything but 5 stars! Parking very reasonable (£4.50 for a car of 6 adults,) friendly chap in the car park offering an informative map, a short walk opening out into the most... 
    How can this be anything but 5 stars! Parking very reasonable (£4.50 for a car of 6 adults,) friendly chap in the car park offering an informative map, a short walk opening out into the most...  more »
  • Lovely 3 mile walk around the loch, beautiful area and extremely peaceful. Flat, easy walking terrain. 
    Lovely 3 mile walk around the loch, beautiful area and extremely peaceful. Flat, easy walking terrain.  more »
  • Easy child friendly 4 mile walk around the loch. Remember to take smidge as quite a few midges. Toilets at beginning. 
    Easy child friendly 4 mile walk around the loch. Remember to take smidge as quite a few midges. Toilets at beginning.  more »
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  • Breathtaking place! Shame we found it last minute and could only stay for like 30 minutes. The water is clear and warm and the environment beautiful. Would highly recommend for a day by the lake with loads of walking paths. However, the parking is PAID and very busy, especially on nice days!
  • Very pleased with that walk - easy to follow the path around a lake :) nice and clean. There is a car park that you need to pay for if You do not fancy walking from the main road. It was good for kayaking and paddle boarding some people were swimming.
  • Paid parking. Beautiful and fairly easy 5km walk around the loch. Well maintained path; passed runners, cyclists and parents with strollers.
  • Atmospheric spot. The castle is an old bandit hideout. Took these photos with a drone because we were too lazy to bring the boat..
  • Easy to find but you must first traverse a twisty turny road first. There is a chap on entry that collects £1.50 per person towards upkeep of the area. Plenty of parking and a dog excercise area behind a fence available. Toilets here and a shop selling ice cream. Completely stunning. There were folks in canoes, paddle boarding and wild swimming. We walked around the full loch - took approx 1.5h. Was a dry day so managed with walking boots / trainers. There are some gentle slopes around the main walk. Had taken some snacks so made use of the picnic benches surrounding the car park and took our rubbish home. Well worth the visit.

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