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Loch an Eilein

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Beautiful walk

Lovely walk in beautiful surroundings. Worth a visit even although the parking is expensive. The... read more

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jhampsey
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Beautiful walk

Gorgeous walk, with shop and toilet facilities with well maintained paths. The full circuit is... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
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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. Step back in time and retrace the steps of...more
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Loch an Eilein Rothiemurchus By Aviemore | Rothiemurchus Forest, Cairngorms National Park, Aviemore PH22 1QT, Scotland
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Lovely walk in beautiful surroundings. Worth a visit even although the parking is expensive. The echo across from the castle 🏰 is a big hit with the grandkids

Thank jhampsey
Reviewed 5 days ago

Gorgeous walk, with shop and toilet facilities with well maintained paths. The full circuit is about an hour so great for families

Thank Rachel T
Rothiescot, Manager at Loch an Eilein, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you for this 5 bubble review and for caring for Loch an Eilein and the wildlife by using the maintained path. So pleased you enjoyed your walk and hope you can return.

Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Three years ago we stumbled across this gorgeous Loch and every year since we have come again!! This year we were charged 4 pounds for parking, 3 adults, 1 child and a car - a lot cheaper than we remember and we were more than...More

Thank Emma W
Rothiescot, General Manager at Loch an Eilein, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Wow - what a review - thank you. Thank you also for caring for this wonderful place by paying to park; this income enables us to have a Ranger service and enables people to enjoy this special area for conservation sustainably. The autumn colours at...More

Reviewed 6 days ago

We visited for the first time today, after seeing it marked on the road map on our way back from the Cairngorms. It was £3 to park the car, then we had a short walk to the small Visitors Centre, opposite the lake. The Centre...More

Thank Lynne H
Rothiescot, General Manager at Loch an Eilein, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you for writing this detailed review; it was a shame you couldn't walk round Loch an Eilein - we're glad you were able to take advantage of the Centre and enjoyed the local craftwork and paintings. Hopefully you can return - its stunning throughout...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great walk around the Loch. Not too taxing and well maintained trail. We also went at Easter as there was a free Easter egg hunt.More

Thank GeekEcosse
Rothiescot, General Manager at Loch an Eilein, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

We're delighted you enjoyed the Easter Egg hunt and your walk. Thank you for this 5 bubble review and hope to see you here again; we hope to have an Easter Egg hunt next year as we have for many years - the weather has...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited on a dull and wet day which meant that visitor numbers were down. This suited us as we enjoy tranquillity and prefer nature without crowds. The end of the lake closest to the car park looks a little worn from countless footsteps but...More

Thank Bartonbears
Rothiescot, Manager at Loch an Eilein, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for writing this review, this is an exceptional area for conservation and there has been a recent colonisation by Britain's rarest mammal - the Scottish Water Vole which lives on the edges on the loch. Hopefully, this is partly because people have used...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was too windy to walk into one of the corries so we came back down to a lower level. Gorgeous autumnal colours on the drive in. Car park (and toilets) almost at the loch. Gentle walking and gorgeous views.More

Thank Kathryn M
Rothiescot, General Manager at Loch an Eilein, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Loch an Eilein is the ideal sheltered walk, with wonderful views. so pleased you enjoyed this alternative. Yesterday was unbelievably beautiful - today the leaves are blowing around; the autumn colours are amazing this year, probably the hot dry summer. Thank you for caring for...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Fantastic walk around the loch, not too strenuous, lovely views, ruined castle, fab photo opportunities, car park reasonable price,

Thank lynnie30
Rothiescot, General Manager at Loch an Eilein, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

So pleased you enjoyed your visit to Loch an Eilein, thank you for this great review and for caring for this wonderful place by paying to park - thank you. Hope you can return - its always amazing!

Reviewed 1 week ago

Another nice walk walk near Aviemore ,We were £1:50 per adult parking so £3 in total , i think it there is different tariffs depending on the size of your party. If you have not been before there is a man who will give you...More

Thank Scott S
Rothiescot, General Manager at Loch an Eilein, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We're grateful to all you and all those people who care for this unique place by paying to park at Loch an Eilein - thank you. As well as being stunningly beautiful, it is one of the most special areas for wildlife in Scotland; the...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Took and hour and a bit to walked from Aviemore to Loch an Eilein. And the views are great, there and back.

Thank Christopher F
Rothiescot, Manager at Loch an Eilein, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

So glad you enjoyed your walk, hope you can return and perhaps walk round the loch. Thank you for this helpful review.

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Nicola C
20 September 2018|
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Response from Vicki S | Reviewed this property |
Yes you can park, they are pretty strict about you staying any longer than one night.
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Osbert A
5 September 2018|
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Response from Rothiescot | Property representative |
Yes, however, the edge of the loch is very close to the car park and visitor centre where you can get wonderful views and just a short walk anticlockwise to get closer to the island castle. If you want to walk round the... More
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Reidkx T
21 August 2018|
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Response from vixxy1969 | Reviewed this property |
If I remember rightly I don't think you can
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