Five favourite family walks in the Aviemore area.

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Five favourite family walks in the Aviemore area.
By Nancy Chambers
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Five favourite family walks in the Aviemore area.

In National walking month, I though it might be fun to share our five favourite walks in the Aviemore area. [caption id="attachment_7225" align="aligncenter" width="282"] Walking near Loch Morlich[/caption] We love a circular low level route to walk (or cycle). It helps the kids to finish if they always have something new to look at. I love it too.  Don’t get me wrong I always enjoy an out and back, especially if it involves a hill somewhere, but a good circular route is hard to beat.  There are lots of routes that you can do in this area.  However, these are some of our family favourites in the Aviemore area. 1 Loch Morlich Loop approx. 6km [caption id="attachment_7223" align="alignleft" width="314"] The beach at Loch Morlich. Views to the Cairngorms.[/caption] Loch Morlich is such a beautiful loch.  Nestled at the foot of the Cairngorm Mountains.  Keeping the loch either on the right hand side or left hand side all the way round, you can weave your way through the Glenmore Forest area.  The views towards the Northern Corries of the Cairngorms and Meall a Buichaille are fabulous.  At the sandy end of the loch near Glenmore village, there are three cafes, one right on the beach.  These are great for a lunch stop or a restorative ice cream to fuel the last stretch. You can also hire canoes, kayaks and sailing boats from the watersports centre on the beach. For the section next to the road, there is a path, The Old Logging Way, which runs parallel to the road, but keeps you free from any traffic. 2 Loch Garten Loop approx. 5km [caption id="attachment_7222" align="alignright" width="338"] Loch Mallachie near Loch Garten.[/caption] Loch Garten is famous for the Osprey Nest that is situated just near to the loch. There is a fabulous visitor centre that usually has a pair of breeding osprey.  There are video cameras close to the nest.  With these you can get good views into the nest and see all the action 24/7. If you fancy a wee walk afterwards, a loop in the Loch Garten woods heading out towards Loch Mallachie. The return journey goes towards Loch Garten and back to your car. This s a great short loop, with a high chance of seeing wildlife and birdlife.  It also has stunning views out towards the Cairngorms. [caption id="attachment_7220" align="alignright" width="486"] Blaeberry in flower in Anagach Woods, heralding a good crop in the woods for eating later in the year[/caption] 3 Anagach Woods Loop (1.5km – 5km ) There are many loops in the Anagach woods in Grantown on Spey. Starting from the centre of the village.  Head towards the woods, pass the fire station and RAF centre.  You will come to a small car park with a notice board.  This has a note of the 3 main loops.  Pick the one that suits you length best, green, blue or red. They all have different characteristics, however they share the beautiful woodland surroundings and the regular bird spotting’s that the woods here are famous for. Our favorite is the red route and a visit to the banks of the River Spey at the same time.   4 Uath Lochains Loop  (2.5 – 4km) [caption id="attachment_7221" align="alignleft" width="309"] The routes at Uath Lochains.[/caption] Uath Lochains is a real hidden gem.  Tucked away near Glen Feshie, it is worth the journey to get out there.  There is a low loop and a high loop here.  The low loop takes you around the lochs and back to the car park.  It is a beautiful walk with opportunities to shorten or lengthen it and to explore the marshy ground through the middle of the lochs if you take the board-walk path. If you fancy an amazing view, the high path is worth a walk up the hill, you can add it onto the start of the walk and then finish by walking round the view that you have just taken in. A really stunning route with outstanding views. 5 Loch an Eilean Loop (5km) [caption id="attachment_7224" align="alignright" width="230"] Red Squirrel at Loch an Eilean[/caption] This has to be one of the most popular circular routes in the Aviemore area. The Rothiemurchus estate is making a real effort to help people enjoy their time on Rothiemurchus land.  The car park, although charged for has a wonderful bird and squirrel feeding station.  There are toilet facilities next to the gallery.  The gallery usually has ice creams as well.  This is always a good incentive towards the end of a walk. There are plenty of things to see on the way around the loch.  The scenery is sunning and the island with the castle is a photographers delight.  I have many pictures here of the boys paddling and playing over the years. These routes can all be lengthened or shortened to suit your family. Many can be linked to other routes in the area as well, to extend them to create multi day adventures. I hope if you are visiting the area that you enjoy these walks as much as we do as a family.
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