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Loch Morlich

Relax on the sandy beach or go for a scenic hike around this beautiful freshwater loch in the shadow of CairnGorm Mountain.

Loch Morlich is a picturesque lake in Glenmore Forest Park. Overlooked by the peaks of the northern Cairngorms and surrounded by forests, the loch is a popular spot for nature walks. Rent a canoe and paddle over the shimmering waters. Feed Britain’s only free-ranging herd of reindeer at the nearby reindeer center or simply stretch out on the shore and feel the sand between your toes.

Stop at the Glenmore Forest Park Visitor Centre on your way to the loch. Enjoy a slice of homemade cake at the café and plan your itinerary for the day.

Walk along the 1-mile (1.9-kilometer) wheelchair-accessible Beach Trail, a path lined with towering old pine trees, which leads to Loch Morlich’s beach. Relax on this sandy beach, enjoying the panoramic views of the Cairngorms and the surrounding forest of pine and spruce trees. Watch windsurfers gliding across the loch, build a sandcastle and enjoy the sun.

Rent a kayak, rowboat, paddleboard, sailboat or wetsuit from Loch Morlich Watersports and spend a few hours on the waters. Head to the balcony of the center’s boathouse to see lovely views over the loch.

Don’t miss the Loch Morlich Trail, which winds through the Rothiemurchus estate forests and forestry commission land, offering stunning views of the loch from different perspectives. Look for herons, dippers and wagtails, among other birds and wildlife as you walk along this 3.8-mile (6-kilometer) trail.

Visit the nearby Cairngorm Reindeer Centre to see the only herd of free-ranging reindeer in Britain. A herder will take you on a guided walk to pet and feed the reindeer and provide first-hand reindeer education.

Loch Morlich is 6 miles (10 kilometers) east of Aviemore. On-site parking is available for a fee. Buses between Aviemore and the CairnGorm Mountain Funiculary Railway include stops near the loch. Cycle to the loch from Aviemore by following the pleasant Old Logging Way trail. Experience an active day or lounge on the sands while admiring the views at Loch Morlich.


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Lodging Near Loch Morlich

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Hilton Coylumbridge $118
Hilton Coylumbridge

Hilton Coylumbridge

Aviemore Invernesshire, Aviemore
     
    3.9
    of 5, from 822 reviews
    4.0 out of 5.0

    This family-friendly Aviemore hotel is located on the riverwalk, within a 15-minute walk of Rothiemurchus Estate Visitor Centre and Speyside Wildlife. Craigellachie National Nature Reserve and Loch an Eilein are also within 3 mi (5 km).

    Cairngorm Lodge Youth Hostel $57
    Cairngorm Lodge Youth Hostel

    Cairngorm Lodge Youth Hostel

    Glenmore, Loch Morlich, Aviemore
       
      3.0 out of 5.0

      Situated in Aviemore, this eco-friendly hostel is close to Cairngorm Reindeer Centre, Loch Morlich, and Cairngorms National Park. Local attractions also include CairnGorm Mountain.

      The Park Guest House $99
      The Park Guest House

      The Park Guest House

      131 Grampian Road, Aviemore
         
        4.2
        of 5, from 446 reviews
        3.0 out of 5.0

        Situated in the mountains, this inn is within 2 mi (3 km) of Cairngorm Brewery, Rothiemurchus Estate Visitor Centre, and Speyside Wildlife. Craigellachie National Nature Reserve is 1.9 mi (3 km) away.

        Luxury Lodge Sleeping 8 With hot tub in a Forest Location With Mountain Views
        Luxury Lodge Sleeping 8 With hot tub in a Forest Location With Mountain Views

        Luxury Lodge Sleeping 8 With hot tub in a Forest Location With Mountain Views

        , Aviemore
           
          5.0
          of 5, from 27 reviews
          0.0 out of 5.0

          Situated in the mountains, this property is close to Rothiemurchus Estate Visitor Centre, Speyside Wildlife, and Craigellachie National Nature Reserve. Local attractions also include Cairngorm Brewery and Loch an Eilein.

          Macdonald Morlich Hotel $124
          Macdonald Morlich Hotel

          Macdonald Morlich Hotel

          Macdonald Aviemore Resort, Aviemore
             
            3.6
            of 5, from 224 reviews
            4.0 out of 5.0

            This family-friendly Aviemore hotel is located in the mountains, within 1 mi (2 km) of Rothiemurchus Estate Visitor Centre and Speyside Wildlife. Craigellachie National Nature Reserve and Cairngorm Brewery are also within 2 mi (3 km).

            Macdonald Aviemore Highland Hotel $112
            Macdonald Aviemore Highland Hotel

            Macdonald Aviemore Highland Hotel

            Macdonald Aviemore Resort, Aviemore
               
              3.9
              of 5, from 275 reviews
              4.0 out of 5.0

              Conveniently near skiing facilities, this Aviemore hotel is located in the mountains within 3 mi (5 km) of Cairngorm Brewery, Speyside Wildlife, and Rothiemurchus Estate Visitor Centre. Craigellachie National Nature Reserve is 2.5 mi (4 km) away.

              MacKenzies Highland Inn $55
              MacKenzies Highland Inn

              MacKenzies Highland Inn

              125 Grampian Road, Aviemore
                 
                2.5
                of 5, from 211 reviews
                3.0 out of 5.0

                Situated in Aviemore, this inn is within 2 mi (3 km) of Cairngorm Brewery, Rothiemurchus Estate Visitor Centre, and Speyside Wildlife. Craigellachie National Nature Reserve is 1.8 mi (2.9 km) away.

                Delmhor No4
                Delmhor No4

                Delmhor No4

                Ski Road Cottages, Coylumbridge,, Aviemore
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0

                  Situated in Aviemore, this property is close to Rothiemurchus Estate Visitor Centre, Speyside Wildlife, and Craigellachie National Nature Reserve. Also nearby are Loch an Eilein and Cairngorm Brewery.