Sunday, 3 November 2013

Loch an Eilein

Sunday 29th September 2013 

An afternoon wander around Loch an Eilein in the Rothiemurhus forest 

Distance: 6km; Ascent: negligible; Dry; with Lynsey, Isabel & Olivia

We had driven north to Aviemore yesterday, where we would be staying for our week's holiday in the Highlands.  The weather forecast was pretty good for today so we decided to go for a family afternoon walk in the Rothiemurchus pine forest.

Loch an Eilein
After lunch we set off from the car park to the north of Loch an Eilein for an anticlockwise circuit of the loch.  There were good views of the remains of the castle in the middle of the loch, as well as towards the Cairngorm peaks.

Loch an Eilein Castle
Looking across Loch an Eilein towards the Cairngorms
The pine woods made for a very pleasant walk, quite different from the regimented forests found elsewhere.  I had only walked in Rothiemurchus once before, on the approach to the Lairig Ghru on the 2009 TGO Challenge, so it was nice to be back!

Rothiemurchus woods
Isabel walked for much of the way so I was able to lighten the load on my back by using the pushchair to carry my rucksack!

Loch an Eilein
The hillside above this bit of the loch was covered in bracken, which appeared to be a gorgeous golden colour in the autumnal sunshine.

Autumnal bracken
At around 3pm we returned to the outflow of the loch after a most pleasant walk on reasonable paths.  It was still lovely and sunny so we stopped for an ice cream before returning to Aviemore.

Loch an Eilein

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