Located in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park, Loch an Eilein is the perfect spot from which to enjoy a relaxing holiday or a full on adventure. From the rugged Cairngorm Mountains to the majesty of the ancient pine forests; from the crystal blues of the rivers and lochs to the lush greens and browns of the valley fields and meadows, Loch an Eilein is a truly spectacular location.
Whether you are looking for a relaxing, romantic escape or an active holiday, Forest Cottage is ideally situated. As well as the wide range of sporting activities, there are plenty of opportunities to visit historic sites, sample local cafes and restaurants and enjoy spotting wildlife, making it the perfect base for a Scottish getaway.
Rothiemurchus offers a wide range of exciting activities right on your doorstep. The Rothiemurchus Centre is only a 5-minute drive from the cottage and the team there will be able to give you all the information and make all the bookings that you need. You can call the Rothiemurchus Centre on 01479 812 345, look at the website www.rothiemurchus.net or you can pop in and speak to someone face-to-face if you prefer.
Aviemore and the surrounding area has a variety of attractive 9 and 18 hole courses to suit all abilities. Nearby golf courses where you can pay and play include:
Spey Valley Championship Course, 0344 879 9152
Abernethy Golf Club, 01479 821 305
Kingussie Golf Club, 01540 661 600
Boat of Garten Golf Club, 01479 831 282
http://www.abernethygolfclub.comCarrbridge Golf Club, 01479 841 623
You can easily jump on your bike right outside the door of the cottage as there is a great choice of fantastic mountain bike trails in the Rothiemurchus Estate and the surrounding area. If you haven’t brought your own bike, you can go to ‘In Your Element’ which is only a 5-minute drive from the cottage, just beside Rothiemurchus Tennis Club. Another great option is Mikes Bikes in Aviemore who will deliver hire bikes to the cottage and pick them up when you are finished with them, www.aviemorebikes.co.uk, 01479 810 478.
Cairngorm Mountain is only a 15-minute drive from the cottage, and offers a range of pistes to suit all abilities of skiers and snowboarders, 01479 861 261.
Out of the front door is one of the most popular and iconic lochside trails in the Highlands, the beautiful loop around Loch an Eilein also links to several other trails. Alternatively, the Cairngorms and the ancient forests surrounding Aviemore are one of Britain’s most beautiful wild places, with some of the most popular walking terrain in Scotland. There is a wide variety of designated routes suitable for walkers of all abilities. You can pick up route maps at the Rothiemurchus shop or at the Tourist Information Centre in Aviemore.
Rothiemurchus offers canoeing, gorge walking, rafting, river adventure tubing and kayaking. Contact the Rothiemurchus Centre on 01479 812 345 to find out more.
Castles and Historic Sites
The Cairngorms has had an important role to play in much of Scotland's history - from Royal feuds and bloody battles to the Industrial Revolution. There are many sites which tell these stories dotted all around the Cairngorms National Park.
Nearby castles and historic sites include Ruthven Barracks, Culloden Battlefield, Cawdor Castle, Ballindalloch Castle, Brodie Castle, Braemar Castle and Balmoral Castle as well as many more.
To delve more deeply into the local area's history and heritage, you can visit one of the museums in the Cairngorms National Park. There you'll find a wealth of information to bring the history of the Cairngorms to life.
The Highland Folk Museum in Newtonmore gives visitors a flavour of how Highland people lived and worked from the 1700s up until the 1960s. Other interesting local museums include; Clan Macpherson Museum in Newtonmore, Grantown Museum and Inverness Museum and Art Gallery.
There is an array of award winning visitor attractions in the Cairngorms National Park to suit all interests. Some of the most popular attractions include the Funicular Railway, which takes you up Cairngorm Mountain, the Glenlivet Distillery Visitor Centre, the Strathspey Railway and the Glenmore Forestry Commission Visitor Centre.
The Visit Cairngorms (www.visitcairngorms.com) and the Cairngorms National Park (www.cairngorms.co.uk) websites are both very informative in helping you to plan your trip and use the time that you have effectively. Visit Cairngorms also publish a monthly What’s On A5 booklet which can be picked up from many local businesses including the Rothiemurchus Centre. In here you will often be able to find out about local venues with live music as well as many other activities going on each month.
The Cairngorm’s is home to a quarter of the UK’s rare and endangered species. It contains the largest, best-connected and most natural habitats and conservation on a landscape scale. There are many wonderful places that you can visit in the local area in an attempt to get close to nature and animals while leaving them in their natural habitat, these include:
Speyside Wildlife Watching Experience, Rothiemurchus
The Cairngorm Reindeer Centre, Glenmore
The Highland Wildlife Park, Kincraig
The Osprey Centre, Loch Garten