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Loch Morlich

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Latest forest information

Updated 8 April 2022

  • 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 our car parks.
  • Ongoing timber haulage in the area. Please be aware of large machinery on forest roads and follow all on-site saftey signage.
  • The nearest toilets are at Loch Morlich Beach. Available 24/7. There is a drop-off zone in the upper Beach car park for times when the parking area is busy, so passengers can still access the toilet block.
  • Highland Council road side parking operations are ongoing beside Loch Morlich. Please use the offroad footpath, accessed 20m through the trees, please do not walk through the constuction area or along the busy road.

Open water

  • This destination contains areas of open water which can be hazardous if you are not suitably prepared. Follow our water safety advice and take care.

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.

Walking trails

Glenmore Forest Park route card (PDF)

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

Tickets bought at any machine in the Glenmore Forest Park are valid in all our other car parks in Glenmore. The charges to park at Loch Morlich are:

Payment options: Coin only

  • £2 for up to 1 hour
  • £3 for up to 3 hours
  • £4 for all day (vehicles up to 7 seats)
  • £12 for minibus or coach all day 
  • Blue Badge holders park for free. Please display your badge clearly

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:

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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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Get in touch

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Phone
0300 067 6100 (option 1)
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Nearby forests

Woman and child walk on beach with trees around and on far shore of loch, and distant hills beyond.

Watersports and walking at the highest beach in Britain

Facilities and activities
Walking
Walking
Toilets
Toilets
Parking (charge)
Parking (charge)
Easy-access facilities
Easy-access facilities
Picnic area
Picnic area
Distance from 'Loch Morlich': 0.52 miles
Entrance to visit centre with green picnic tables outside in the sunshine

The essential starting point for your visit to Glenmore

Facilities and activities
Walking
Walking
Toilets
Toilets
Cycling
Cycling
Parking (charge)
Parking (charge)
Easy-access facilities
Easy-access facilities
Cafe or refreshments
Cafe or refreshments
Visitor centre
Visitor centre
Mountain access
Mountain access
Distance from 'Loch Morlich': 0.71 miles
Close up of tree bark

Ancient pine trees, dragonflies and wood ants

Facilities and activities
Walking
Walking
Parking (charge)
Parking (charge)
Picnic area
Picnic area
Distance from 'Loch Morlich': 0.86 miles