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Loch Eilean

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Loch Eilean
Author: Mattreed, Published: 05 Aug 2012 Walk rating : Rating:star1 Loch Eileen Walking Guidestar1 Loch Eileen Walking Guidestar1 Loch Eileen Walking Guidestar1 Loch Eileen Walking Guidestar1 Loch Eileen Walking Guide
Inverness, Aviemore
Walk Type: Woodland
Loch Eilean
Length: 3 miles,  Difficulty: boot Loch Eileen Walking Guide
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A leisurely circular walk from the Rothiemurchus visitor centre just North of Aviemore. The first half is along a minor road/path, then head right into the Rothiemurchus forest to Loch Eilean. The walk then heads onwards through the forest onto the B970 which takes you back to the visitor centre.

Rothiemurchus is situated a mere 30-minute walk from Aviemore or 5 minutes by car, about 2 miles from the main A9 road from Perth to Inverness. PH22 1QH.

From the North: Leave the A9 and follow signs for Aviemore. Travel through Aviemore town centre, on the B970 and you will reach a roundabout (with an Italian Restaurant on you right hand side) turn left at this roundabout, cross the bridge and you’ve entered Rothiemurchus.

From the South: Leave the A9 and follow signs for Aviemore on the B970 and you will reach a roundabout (with an Italian Restaurant on you left hand side) turn right at this roundabout, cross the bridge and you’ve entered Rothiemurchus. You will see the Fishery clearly signposted on the left hand side, continue along the road and you will see Rothiemurchus Centre. If you continue past the centre you will see the Rothiemurchus Shoot on the right hand side of the road.

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Walk Sections

Start to Rothiemurchus path
Start to Rothiemurchus path

Start point: 57.1757 lat, -3.8172 long
End point: 57.1688 lat, -3.811 long

From the Rothiemurchus visitor centre, cross over the road (B970) and 200 metres along a concrete cycle path heading south-east on the right side of the road. Turn off of the cycle path and take a right hand turn along a very quiet lane.

Rothiemurthus path to Lake
Rothiemurthus path to Lake

Start point: 57.1688 lat, -3.811 long
End point: 57.1635 lat, -3.8208 long

Walking along the lane you will meet a parking bay on the right and a sign for the Rothiemurthus Estate walk which heads off along a track through woodland on the right. Head along this path which can be very muddy at times.

Lake to Milton cottage
Lake to Milton cottage

Start point: 57.1635 lat, -3.8208 long
End point: 57.1615 lat, -3.8303 long

Continue on past the lake on the path through the Rothiemurchus forest until you get to Milton cottage.

Milton cottage to The Polchar
Milton cottage to The Polchar

Start point: 57.1615 lat, -3.8303 long
End point: 57.1641 lat, -3.8346 long

Go past Milton cottage and continue on the path until you get to another lane. Turn right here and head along the lane until you reach The Polchar, an activity centre.

The Polchar to Inverdruie
The Polchar to Inverdruie

Start point: 57.1641 lat, -3.8346 long
End point: 57.1749 lat, -3.8203 long

At the Polcher, turn right onto the B970 and head along the road which crosses over the Milton burn, back to Inverdruie.

Inverdruie to End
Inverdruie to End

Start point: 57.1749 lat, -3.8203 long
End point: 57.1756 lat, -3.8172 long

Go through Inverdruie (although there is nothing to signify that you are there) and at a fork in the road take the right hand fork back to the Rothiemurchus visitor centre.

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Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2012 by the author Mattreed and may not be reproduced without permission.

The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.

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