Loch an Eilein
Loch an Eilein, Gaelic for ĎLoch of the Islandí, is a popular visitorsí attraction in the Scottish Highlands.
Many visitors to Rothiemurchus hear of the mysterious castle in the middle of a loch and canít resist embarking the 2 hour walk around it. There is little remaining of the thirteenth century castle these days, today it is almost completely camouflaged by shrubs and thickets. A causeway is said to exist between the castle and the land but was obscured hundreds of years ago when the waterís height increased.
To find Loch an Eilein, from the Rothiemurchus Estate, take a five minute drive from the triangle car park opposite the Visitorsí Centre on the B970 and you will find Loch an Eilein is clearly indicated by signposts.
A beautiful location offering a mountainous backdrop, the Loch an Eilein does offer a magical experience, whether you decide to sit at the waterís edge as time passes you by or to enjoy the watery circumference walk. Catch the loch in the right light and you can almost imagine being transported back in time (preferably averting the eyes of an army of soldiers aiming bows and arrows at your head!)
The castle while seeing its fair share of skirmishes across the centuries, over recent years has served as refuge to the endangered Osprey and continues today to be occupied by inhabitants of the feathered kind.
For souvenirs and refreshments, there is a visitorís centre close to the car park.
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Aviemore, a popular location for last minute snow and mountain wear Ďmust havesí for holidays in the Cairngorms. A little piece of Highland paradise, Aviemore stretches along one high street and is found off the A9 (along the B9152) towards Perth.
One of the top three mountain ranges in Scotland, the Grampian Mountains tip the balance with magnificent Ben Nevis and the wildlife rich Cairngorms.
A more perfect location than Aviemore, for a holiday or weekend break, does not exist. Ideally situated within the Cairngorm National Park, Aviemore sits on the doorstep of an area packed with fun and exciting things to do and see, the Rothiemurchus estate. With water sports at nearby Loch Morlich, sailing at Loch Insh, skiing up the Cairngorms and hiking through the Glenmore Forest Park, youíll never be left wandering what to do next.
Water-sports paradise, Loch Insh, found in the charming Highland hamlet of Kincraig is situated in the path of the River Spey in the Strathspey and Badenoch region.
Another treat in store for visitors to the Highlands is that of stunning water sports idyll, the Loch Insh holiday resort.
RSPB Osprey Centre Loch Garten
In the heart of beautiful Abernethy Forest, at a location shared with stunning Loch Garten, lies the brilliant Osprey Centre. Packed with wildlife, bird and tree life, Loch Garten is famed for its resident Ospreys during the months of April to August.
Rothiemurchus is situated in the Badenoch and Strathspey region in the heart of the Scottish Highlands. Rich in wildlife, views and activities, it has been a popular holiday resort and centre for over two hundred years. Within half an hourís drive of Inverness Airport and at a momentís notice, it is possible to find yourself swapping your everyday life for an active Highland holiday weekend.
Thinking of staying in the heart of the stunning Cairngorm National Park on the Rothiemurchus Estate? If you fail to find somewhere suitable here, you could try Aviemore, Kincraig or Boat of Garten and still enjoy the benefits of a central location in Speyside.
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