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Loch Morlich

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Latest forest information

We strongly advise that visitors stay away from all forests for now. Many forests all across Scotland have been seriously affected by strong winds over the weekend, resulting in fallen trees blocking roads and trails. In the event of a safety incident, emergency services would be unable to reach many areas. We are working hard to clear obstructions and hope to welcome you back soon.

  • Please do not bring disposable BBQs to Loch Morlich. This is a safety risk and you may be asked to extinguish them. Gas camping stoves and BBQs are permitted. Thank you for your understanding and co-operation.
  • Please plan ahead and book accommodation or campsites for overnight stays. Overnight parking is not permitted within FLS Glenmore Car Parks.

About

Enjoy peaceful views of open water and the mountains beyond

As you reach Loch Morlich on the road from Aviemore, a stretch of bright water through the trees invites you to stop and admire the view. This is the perfect place to do just that – and to spend some time watching the world go by. The view of the Cairngorms from here is a classic: in still conditions the rounded slopes are mirrored in the water.

Don't forget to pay a visit to the award-winning Loch Morlich Beach too.

Glenmore Forest Park route card (PDF)

Walking trails (1)

Walking

Loch Morlich Trail

A charming circuit round the water, with fine views of the mountains above and a good chance of seeing Goldeneye, red-throated divers and even otters.

Mostly wide, smooth and flat gravel surface. Some uneven gravel sections, with potentially muddy areas. Short moderate slopes and one steep ramp. Includes two road crossings.

Moderate trail grade icon
3 ½ miles / 5.8 km

Allow
2 hours

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Winding through Forestry Commission land, with the loch shining through the trees, this trail gives you a real experience of the great swathe of woodland that washes against the slopes of the Cairngorms. Look out for dippers, wagtails and herons by the burns that feed the loch along the way.

Facilities and access

Walking
Walking
Cycling
Cycling
Parking (charge)
Parking (charge)
Picnic area
Picnic area

The nearest public toilets and café are at Glenmore Forest Park Visitor Centre, 1 mile east of Loch Morlich car park.

No camping is allowed within the car park area and fires and barbecues are not permitted. For more information on best practice in the outdoors, visit the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.

Car parking information

The charges to park at Loch Morlich are:

Payment options: Coin only

  • £1 for up to 1 hour
  • £1.50 for up to 3 hours
  • £2 for all day
  • £8 for minibus or coach all day 
  • Your ticket can be used at our other car parks in Glenmore before the expiry time.

Please park with care and consideration. In particular please park in designated parking areas only and do not block entrances or gates. Nearby car parks with free parking can be found in our local forest list without the £ symbol. 

The nearest 'pay by card' car park ticket machine is located near the front door of the Glenmore Visitor Centre. Car Parking tickets bought at any machine are valid in all Forestry and Land Scotland Car Parks in Glenmore Forest Park.

Annual parking pass available:

Blue badge holders park free. Please display your Blue Badge clearly.

More parking info

Getting here

From the roundabout at the south end of Aviemore follow the signs for 'The Cairngorms' for 5 miles. The car park entrance will appear on the right shortly after you first sight the loch through the trees.

You can cycle here from Aviemore on the Old Logging Way; a superb, safe bike route that runs for 6 miles between Aviemore and the Glenmore Forest Park Visitor Centre.

Using SatNav?

PH22 1QU is the nearest postcode. Coming from Aviemore, you'll reach Loch Morlich 1 mile before you get to this destination.

Public transport

Buses between Aviemore and the Cairngorm Mountain ski centre pass Loch Morlich. Plan your journey at Traveline Scotland.

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