Take a breather at Loch Morlich
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.
You'll find toilets and a café at the Glenmore Forest Park Visitor Centre, a little further up the glen.
Looking for somewhere to stay? Get a pitch at Glenmore campsite.
Car parking charges
Please note, parking charges are as follows:
- £1 for up to 1 hour
- £1.50 for up to 3 hours
- £2 for all day
- £8 for minibus and coach all day
Season passes are also available at the following prices:
- £25 for a yearly pass for up to two cars
- £10 for up to a fortnight for up to two cars
For more information please contact us.
Still have time left on your ticket? Tickets purchased here are also valid at the other Forestry Commission car parks in Glenmore. So, make the most of your trip and visit another area of the Forest Park.
Loch Morlich Trail (diverted)
Please note, there is a diversion on the section of this trail to the south of Loch Morlich for improvement works. Please observe all 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.
3 ½ miles / 5.8 km Allow 2 hours
Winding through the Rothiemurchus estate forests as well as 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.
Mountain biking trails
The loch looks peaceful now, but it was once part of a busy timber industry. Timber cut from the forest was stored on Loch Morlich in huge rafts before being floated down the river. You can find out more about the history of the forest at the visitor centre, or at Explore Abernethy in Nethy Bridge.
How to get here
From Aviemore follow the signs for Rothiemurchus, Glenmore and the Cairngorm Mountain Railway. Continue through Rothiemurchus Estate until Loch Morlich appears through the trees on your right. The car park is at grid reference NH 959 096.
You can cycle here from Aviemore on the Old Logging Way, a superb, safe bike route that runs for 6 miles / 9.7 km between Aviemore and the Glenmore Forest Park Visitor Centre.
PH22 1QY is the nearest postcode, centred on Glenmore youth hostel a little further up the glen. You'll reach Loch Morlich before you get to this destination.
Buses between Aviemore and the Cairngorm Mountain Railway pass Loch Morlich. You'll find details at Traveline Scotland.
Loch Morlich is just one of the many places to explore in Glenmore Forest Park. A few miles to the south, Inshriach forest is away from the crowds. Here you'll find trails along the Feshie river, around magical Uath lochans or up to wide views from Farleitter Crag.
For world-class mountain biking, try Laggan Wolftrax.
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