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Our visitor centres are currently closed. Our trails for walking and biking, as well as toilets and car parks, remain open. Plan ahead and enjoy your visit safely.

Loch Morlich

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COVID-19 update

All FLS visitor centres are currently closed. Walking and mountain bike trails remain open, as do most toilets and car parks, but do check below for local updates for closures.

We want to ensure your visit is an enjoyable and safe one.

Make sure you follow the Scottish Government’s FACTS advice – helping to protect yourself, your family and your local community, and follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code helping to keep Scotland beautiful.

Latest forest information

  • The Lochside car park has been closed due to the formation of large potholes. We hope to have the car park open as soon as repairs can be made.

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

Loch Morlich Trail

A trail notice is in effect

  • A diversion is in place which adds 1.5km to this trail. This is to allow for essential work to the footbridge. We aim to complete this work by 2 April. Apologies for any inconvenience.

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 & 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.

No camping is allowed within the car park area and fires and barbecues are not permitted. 

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.

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

  • £40 for cars
  • £100 for mini-bus/coach

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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0300 067 6100 (option 1)
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