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Loch An Eilein

“A great spot for a picnic!”

Photo Credit: iStock.com/johnbraid
Photo Credit: iStock.com/johnbraid
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Located in the Rothiemurchus Forest around 5km south of Aviemore, Loch Eilein is a small freshwater Loch. The Loch features a walkable route around the edge which provides stunning views and is home to some wildlife. Loch Eilein is also home to the Loch an Eilein Castle. The ruins of the castle are uniquely located in the middle of the loch and dates back to the 15th century.

There are many birds around the Loch which is why it’s a popular spot for birdwatchers, some of them include the crested tit, redstart, spotted flycatcher, tree pipit, red-throated diver, common sandpiper, whinchat and occasionally merlin.

Loch An Eilein has parking for cars however, the last time we visited it was charged per person in the vehicle. The Loch is accessible on foot via walking through the Rothiemurchus Forest.

If you’re looking for somewhere to take a picnic then Loch An Eilein is the perfect destination and was once voted as Britains Best Picnic spot. The loch contains views of the Scottish pine amongst other trees and the surrounding mountains which make the Cairngorms National Park so amazing. If you have young children then be sure to bring a loaf of bread so that they can feed the Ducks which live on the Loch.

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Loch an Eilein, Rothiemurchus Forest Cairngorms National Park Aviemore PH22 1QT Scotland

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