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Loch an Eilein

| Rothiemurchus Forest, Cairngorms National Park, Aviemore, Scotland
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Lovely views, watch out for speeding bikes.

We have visited this area twice and loved it each time. The accessibility from the car park for... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Lyneford
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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
Beautiful

A beautiful location with excellent, easy going walks on both sides of the loch and little detours... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Ann H
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Birmingham, 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. 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 this forest particularly the 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 around the loch is suitable for motorised wheel chairs, off road buggies and is part of the Rothiemurchus way marked network of paths.
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  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“ruined castle” (35 reviews)
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| Rothiemurchus Forest, Cairngorms National Park, Aviemore, Scotland
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We have visited this area twice and loved it each time. The accessibility from the car park for people with limited mobility still needs work, but once on the main path it is good. The only problem with the improved paths is the number of...More

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Rothiescot, General Manager at Loch an Eilein, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

We are grateful to you for this review and for awarding 5 bubbles; we are delighted you enjoyed your visits, will take on board your comments and look at what we can do to improve the path from the car park to the circular path....More

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

A beautiful location with excellent, easy going walks on both sides of the loch and little detours available on the way round. Aviemore's amenities are a short drive away for refreshments afterwards.More

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Rothiescot, Manager at Loch an Eilein, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for this review, and for helping to care for this exceptional place by paying for parking. There are hot and cold drinks available at the little Visitor Centre and there is a café at Rothiemurchus Centre, which help support the care. Thank you,...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

oh my what a wonderful peaceful place. So quiet and peaceful. Seeing dear on the way to the loch was a bonus.

Thank vixxy1969
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Rothiescot, General Manager at Loch an Eilein, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

What a lovely review - thank you. Hope you can visit again soon.

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Reviewed 6 days ago

Most of the Lochs in the Caringorms have stunning views and this one does not disappoint. Beach area, wildlife, good for dogs and car parking charges ok.......however you can get all of this free elsewhere. We were charged £3 for an hours walk after lunch...More

Thank Graham P
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Rothiescot, General Manager at Loch an Eilein, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

We're pleased you enjoyed your visit to Loch an Eilein - thank you for your review. Loch an Eilein is not only stunningly beautiful, it provides exceptionally important habitat for several endangered and at risk species which thrive here such as Red Squirrels, Scottish Crossbills...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stunning 3 mile walk. Lovely shop and gallery, incredibly warm friendly staff on the day we visited. Breathtaking beauty. Took our Puppy and as instructed by many signs kept on a short lead all the time. The one thing that absolutely spoilt it was when...More

1  Thank Sam K
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Rothiescot, General Manager at Loch an Eilein, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for giving Loch an Eilein 5 stars; what a frightening experience for both your puppy and you, thank you for taking the time to write this detailed description. Last week we finished significantly enlarging the dog exercise area at Loch an Eilein, this...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We had enquired where we could go for a relaxing circular walk in the Aviemore area and were recommended to go to Loch an Eilein. It is indeed a beautiful spot and while we were very much focused on our walk, we could see it...More

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Rothiescot, General Manager at Loch an Eilein, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

We are very pleased the recommendation delivered and you enjoyed your walk. Thank you for your review. One of the joys of the path around the loch is that it is through the native forest and apart from the opportunities this gives to see endangered...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely area for a walk or cycle, family's , dog walkers, bird and wildlife seekers, anyone looking to get some great photos here's where to start!More

Thank Mike M
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Rothiescot, Manager at Loch an Eilein, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

We are so pleased you enjoyed your visit, thank you for writing this helpful review. It is a great place to get brilliant photographs - as you say there are endless choices and it's stunning whatever the weather of time of the year. We hope...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Strange parking pricing. £1.50 per adult. Not per car. So we had 5 in our car so paid £7.50. Given 1 map. Two from our party in car behind charged £3 and given 1 map. sign says £1.50 per adult includes map. When I asked...More

Thank Glaswegianlass
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Rothiescot, General Manager at Loch an Eilein, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your review - it was kind of you to give us three stars when you were disappointed in the people part of your visit. We're glad you enjoyed your walk but very sorry about the other parts. It sounds like you were...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I walked the trail around the loch but found it to be pretty bland - there's so much tree cover that there aren't many points where you get a clear view of the loch from the trail. I didn't encounter much bird life on the...More

Thank Dean C
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Rothiescot, General Manager at Loch an Eilein, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

We're very sorry the path round Loch an Eilein wasn't what you expected. Thank you for letting us know - we try to make very clear in everything we write and say, for example the location is 'Rothiemurchus Forest', that one of its unique attractions...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stunning walk we do with each visit to the area, brilliant for dog walkers, mostly flat and just a couple of miles so a nice easy walk with plenty of views. Take water and a picnic! Ample, cheap parking.More

Thank MrsE E
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Rothiescot, General Manager at Loch an Eilein, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

What a great review - thank you and thank you for helping to care for Loch an Eilein by paying to park. You can buy water, hot and cold drinks and refreshments including ice creams in the Visitor Centre which is open April to end...More

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acapipe
6 June 2018|
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Response from Михаил С | Reviewed this property |
I am not sure on this lake It will be difficult sometimes But in any case there are beautiful routes around where you can easily use buggy at full scale
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compton49er
16 May 2018|
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Response from Rothiescot | Property representative |
Thank you for asking - it takes about 11/2 just to walk round the Loch - without any stops. The attendant arrives between 8.45 and 9.00 but you can pay for parking when you return to the car or as you leave. Sorry not to... More
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Samuel_WestY0rkshire
14 May 2018|
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Response from Rothiescot | Property representative |
Thank you, we appreciate you asking; Rothiemurchus Rangers are here to help you enjoy this amazing place. Much of the area around Loch an Eilein as well as the loch is within a special area for conservation - Natura 2000... More
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