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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  • August 21, 2017
    Wonderful for (amateur) photographers to get to. Also beautiful area for hiking and mountain biking.
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  • August 21, 2017
    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 »
  • August 21, 2017
    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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  • July 13, 2017
    Good and bad. Lovely long walks I did 14 miles and enjoyed the area. Nice loch and there is a small shop there as well. Bad points in my personal opinion are: 1 pay to park and 2 the 'camping area' as they call it is simply some grass right next to the carpark which is paid yet people who turn up at 5 and leave early didn't pay! Furious.
  • June 19, 2017
    Lovely loch. Car park is £1.50 per adult and 50p per child but for this you get a map of the walks and some other info so all good. We took the 3 mile round walk to Rothiemurchus visitors centre where we had a great lunch. Lovely wood walk on way back and via another loch with lots of waterlilies on.
  • April 3, 2017
    Nice walk with lovely views of the loch. Cyclist can be too fast and in large groups who do not slow down which if you have a dog or small children can be a nuisance. The entry fee (£1.50 per person) only applies to those who park so said cyclists who do not park can use the path for free.
  • May 26, 2017
    Beautiful scenery, lovely walk around the loch. Good for dog walks. Red squirrels.
  • April 15, 2017
    One of my favourite places in the Cairngorms. A good, easy walk around the loch with stunning scenery. Great for dogs, cycling, kids. Lovely little gift shop.

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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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