Loch an Eilein, Aviemore
(4.7/5 based on 800+ reviews on the web)
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. To visit Loch an Eilein on your holiday in Aviemore, and find out what else Aviemore has to offer, use our Aviemore itinerary planner.
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  • Stunning place offering lovely wooded walks and just a breathtaking view. only a 5 minute drive from Aviemore with parking so go. 
  • For us seeing Red Squirrels in the wild for the first time made Loch Eilein just perfect. A peaceful walk around made it. Would recommend a visit and do take a picnic. 
  • Beautiful banks, dwaalbos but well accessible. Alone in the world in a fantastic nature. Plus parking
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  • A really beautiful loch surrounded by mostly pine forest. Trails are easy walking and suitable for easy off road cycling. There is a charge for parking & a shop selling mostly souvenirs but also snack bars, ice creams, etc.
  • A lovely place. We were lucky to visit on a warm, sunny day but I imagine it would be a great walk round the loch in any conditions, although heavy rain might spoil it. There is plenty of parking although there is a charge based on the number of people in the car which may be capped at £4.50 although that may not always be true. Allow a couple of hours for the walk as it is necessary to stop regularly to admire the views. There is also a gift shop that sells ice cream among other things.
  • Second time we have done this walk. Always try to make time when visiting the area. Luckily we had beutiful weather which added to the walk. A lovely walk. Dry weather beneficial.
  • Nice place for a stroll - not at all taxing. Lovely scenery. Costs £1.50 per person to park (not per car) which seems a bit steep.
  • Beautiful place, a longer walk round than expected. 3.3 miles.