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Loch an Eilein Walk

This circular route within the Cairngorms National Park makes a great choice for those seeking to spot nature.

Find an abundance of local animals in the Rothiemurchus Forest alongside beautiful sights along the whole route around Loch an Eilein.

A very popular short walk in Scotland, the Lock an Eilein walk is one not to be missed. Sitting just outside of Aviemore, this route walks you around the waters, letting you observe the wonder of Loch an Eilein castle, dating all the way back to the 13th century.

See if you can spot nature amidst the Rothiemurchus Forest, with red squirrels and Scottish crossbills being regular residents.

This walk is a firm favourite with canine companions too, with plenty of woodland areas to explore, also making a great picnic spot – it was in fact voted Britain’s Best Picnic Spot!


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  • Wheelchair friendly
  • Child-friendly
  • Pram friendly
  • Bird watching
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Running
  • Dog-friendly


  1. Park up in the Loch an Eilen Car Park and take a right, following the track with the Milton Burn on your right.
  2. Make your way through the Rothiemurchus Forest, keeping your eye out for beautiful birds along the way.
  3. Follow the track all the way around to the right, where you should eventually find Loch Gamhna to your left.
  4. Simply follow the track around Loch an Eilen, being sure to spot the castle, before arriving back at the car park.
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