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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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Coylumbridge Hotel $60
Coylumbridge Hotel

Coylumbridge Hotel

Aviemore Invernesshire, Aviemore, Scotland
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    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
    Cairngorm Lodge Youth Hostel

    Cairngorm Lodge Youth Hostel

    Glenmore, Loch Morlich, Aviemore, Scotland
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Aviemore, this eco-friendly hostel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Cairngorm Reindeer Centre and Loch Morlich. Cairngorm Reindeer Herd is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) away.

      Macdonald Aviemore Highland Hotel $83
      Macdonald Aviemore Highland Hotel

      Macdonald Aviemore Highland Hotel

      Macdonald Aviemore Resort, Aviemore, Scotland
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        This family-friendly Aviemore hotel is located in a national park, within 3 mi (5 km) of Cairngorm Brewery, Speyside Wildlife and Craigellachie National Nature Reserve. Rothiemurchus Estate Visitor Centre is 2.2 mi (3.5 km) away. Aviemore Station is 21 minutes by foot.

        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, SCT
           
          0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          This family-friendly Aviemore villa is located in the mountains, within 2 mi (3 km) of Rothiemurchus Estate Visitor Centre and Speyside Wildlife. Craigellachie National Nature Reserve is 2.7 mi (4.3 km) away.

          Macdonald Aviemore Hotel $100
          Macdonald Aviemore Hotel

          Macdonald Aviemore Hotel

          Macdonald Aviemore Resort, Aviemore, Scotland
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            This family-friendly Aviemore hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Craigellachie National Nature Reserve, Speyside Wildlife, and Rothiemurchus Estate Visitor Centre. Cairngorm Brewery and Loch an Eilein are also within 3 mi (5 km). Aviemore Station is only a 1-minute walk.

            Macdonald Morlich Hotel $93
            Macdonald Morlich Hotel

            Macdonald Morlich Hotel

            Macdonald Aviemore Resort, Next to the Conference Center, Aviemore, Scotland
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              This family-friendly Aviemore hotel is located in the mountains, within 1 mi (2 km) of Craigellachie National Nature Reserve, Speyside Wildlife, and Rothiemurchus Estate Visitor Centre. Cairngorm Brewery is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) away. Aviemore Station is only a 4-minute walk.

              The Park Guest House $70
              The Park Guest House

              The Park Guest House

              131 Grampian Road, Aviemore, Scotland
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in the mountains, this inn is within 2 mi (3 km) of Cairngorm Brewery, Craigellachie National Nature Reserve, and Speyside Wildlife. Rothiemurchus Estate Visitor Centre is 1.5 mi (2.5 km) away. Aviemore Station is 9 minutes by foot.

                Delmhor No4
                Delmhor No4

                Delmhor No4

                Ski Road Cottages, Coylumbridge, Aviemore PH22 1QH, Aviemore, Scotland
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Aviemore, this cottage is within a 10-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). Aviemore Station is 26 minutes by foot.