A classic hike from Aviemore to the ancient pine forests of Rothiemurchus - encircle two beautiful lochs, one with the remains of a 14th century castle in its centre.


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Follow a well-trod trail around Loch an Eilein for unrivalled views of the Loch an Eilein Castle ruins in the middle of the loch with the snow-dusted Cairngorm Plateau in the distance.

On your way back to Aviemore we recommend stopping off at the Inverdrurie Visitor Centre - there's a deli selling local produce, and a cosy cafe serving lunches, soups, and delicious cakes.  *Notes for walking the route in winter:* No specialist equipment, such as ice axes or crampons, is required as the route is low level and doesn't involve any mountain walking.

However, if the weather forecast for your trip is very cold with snow and temperatures below freezing we recommend wearing a pair of strap on ice grippers, like YakTrax, to give a little extra grip on pavements or any icy patches if you decide to go ahead with the walk.

Walking poles are also great for extra balance in snowy/slippery terrain. You'll also need a waterproof jacket and trousers, a warm insulated jacket (either down or synthetic), with wicking baselayers and a fleece top to wear underneath as well.

Warm walking socks along with a hat, neck warmer (e.g.

a "Buff"), and warm gloves/mitts will also be required.

A small daypack less than 25 litres should be more than ample.

You can wear either walking boots or walking shoes, according to your preference, as long as they have a good tread for grip.

You may also wish to bring gaiters, in the unlikely event of encountering deeper snow in the valleys, and a head torch.