Loch Morlich

Where we are

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.

Guide map to Glenmore Forest Park (PDF 2.7MB)

Walking trails

Walking

Beach Trail

Meander through the beautiful pine, birch and alder woods by the Allt Mor burn to reach Loch Morlich’s golden sands.

Largely wide, smooth gravel and tarmac surface, with slightly uneven and loose sections. Some short fairly steep slopes. Includes two road crossings.

Moderate
1 ½ miles / 2.4 km

Allow
1 hour

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The coarse, pink sand of Loch Morlich's popular beach comes from the granite of the Cairngorm mountains, ground down by glaciers and rivers over thousands of years.

Loch Morlich

Walking

Loch Morlich Trail

A trail notice is in effect

Please take extra care on the forest road on the western section of this trail as timber lorries may be operating. Please observe any signage.

Round the loch for some fine views, fine forest and fine wildlife.

Firm tracks and earth paths, with some tree roots and stones. Mostly level with a few gentle slopes. Can be boggy in places.

Moderate
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 & access

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.

Car parking charges

  • £1 for up to 1 hour
  • £1.50 for up to 3 hours
  • £2 for all day
  • £8 for minibus and coach all day

Still got time on your ticket? Your parking ticket is valid in all of our Glenmore car parks.

Season passes are also available to purchase from the nearby Visitor Centre.

  • £25 for a yearly pass for up to two cars
  • £10 for up to a fortnight for up to two cars

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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Phone
0300 067 6100
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