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Loch an Eilein

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Aviemore, Scotland
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Pleasant walk

This is a beautiful lake which has an easy walk around it taking only an hour and a quarter to... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Susan D
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Wonderful Walk

This is a beautiful walk at any time of the tear but spectacular in the autumn .There is an old... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Ronnie M
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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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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“lovely walk” (83 reviews)
“ruined castle” (29 reviews)
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This is a beautiful lake which has an easy walk around it taking only an hour and a quarter to complete. Lovely and peaceful. Convenient small gallery shop and toilet near the car park too

Thank Susan D
Reviewed 3 days ago

This is a beautiful walk at any time of the tear but spectacular in the autumn .There is an old ruined castle in the middle of the loch which is visible for much of the walk .

Thank Ronnie M
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We hadn't planned to going here but we saw a sign for a loch 1 mile off the road so off we went. Glad we did! The loch is in a wonderful setting and lots of photos ops inc some very friendly ducks who will...More

Thank DublinWelcomesAll
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a beautiful place to hike or bike and sightsee. We rode bikes from Aviemore around the Loch and back, about 17 miles vigorous ride for 90 minutes. A beautiful spot!

Thank Allen B
Reviewed 1 week ago

The walk around the lake was stunning. Easy, clear path with little grade. Small fee for parking. Visitor center is just beyond the car park offering information and snacks.

Thank LMSCAS
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very easy walk around a beautiful loch. The gorgeous scenery is spectacular and the interesting old castle on the small island makes it unique. The trail is very good and accesible. There is a small gift shop and restrooms at the entrance. There is a...More

Thank taylorbrock
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Approximately three miles of lovely, relatively easy walking on good footpaths enables you to circumnavigate this beautiful Loch hidden away in the Rothiemurchus Forest. Some of the walk takes you close to the edge of the Loch whilst in other parts you pass through delightful...More

Thank Valerie R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited Loch an Eilean on a calm day and decided to walk around portions of it. There are pine trees along the bank where you can relax and have lunch along the rocky shoreline. Despite other people being around we found it quite peaceful...More

Thank Anne B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As people have said there is a £1.50 pp charge. There's a rocky beach where we saw a couple of families with small children playing and a walk around the loch that took us 1hr 45mins. It has a good path all the way round...More

Thank JoanneNoble95
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Always love the walk round the loch, dog friendly - but please remember all dogs are not friendly, keep them on a lead - people friendly, toilets and cafe available. Staff are friendly and helpful. Small charge for parking but worth it. Lots of wildlife...More

Thank MrsManiac
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Flintstone89
What's the parking like and the cost for here please? Thanks 😃
15 April 2017|
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Response from Janet G |
The parking is not per car it's £1.50 per person. It's more of a donation than a fee and well worth every penny. You get exceptionally well maintained litter free paths, a parking space for your car a map, use of the toilet... More
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Flintstone89
What's the parking like and the cost for here please? Thanks 😃
15 April 2017|
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Response from Rothiescot | Property representative |
Thank you for asking about parking at Loch an Eilein. When you pay to park at Loch an Eilein you will be helping care for this special area as all the income helps support the team that look after it throughout the year... More
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CJT3500
Is there public transportation from Aviemore to Lock an Eileen? Thanks
14 March 2017|
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Response from Rothiescot | Property representative |
There is a regular bus from Aviemore to Inverdruie, from there it is a walk of about a mile, mainly offroad with a short stretch of quiet road. You can buy a map from Rothiemurchus Centre where the bus stops. Hope you... More
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