Loch Morlich Beach
Play in the sand at Loch Morlich Beach
Families play games on the sand, windsurfers tack across the clean water, and when the sun shines you can top up your tan. Close your eyes and you could be at the seaside! Famous for being the highest beach in Britain, this is the only freshwater beach in Scotland to have a Rural Beach Award.
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.
Please note that we do not allow camping in the recreational areas of this site. For more information, get in touch with our district office.
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.
Please take care on this trail as there are uneven surfaces and some storm damage.
Meander through the beautiful pine, birch and alder woods by the Allt Mor burn to reach Loch Morlich’s golden sands.
Largely wide, smooth gravel and tarmac surface, with slightly uneven and loose sections. Some short fairly steep slopes. Includes two road crossings.
1 ½ miles / 2.4 km Allow 1 hour
The coarse, pink sand of Loch Morlich's popular beach comes from the granite of the Cairngorm mountains, ground down by glaciers and rivers over thousands of years.
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.
A charming circuit around the water with fine views of the mountains above. There’s a good chance of seeing goldeneye, red-throated divers and even otters if you’re up early.
Mostly wide, smooth and flat gravel surface. Some uneven gravel and earth sections, with potentially muddy areas. Short moderate slopes and one steep ramp. Includes two road crossings.
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.
Mountain biking trails
Fun on the water
If you’d like to try zipping across the waves, you can hire boats, canoes or windsurfers at Loch Morlich Watersports. They’ll teach you how to use them too.
Just a little way from the beach, the trails offer peace, quiet, and a forest alive with birds and animals. Come early in the morning and watch for birds like sandpipers and herons, or otters hunting along the streams that feed the loch.
Reflections of the past
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 and on to Glenmore village. Loch Morlich beach is on your right. The car park is at grid reference NH 972 098.
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 just across the road.
Buses between Aviemore and the Cairngorm Mountain ski centre pass Loch Morlich beach. You'll find details at Traveline Scotland.
Loch Morlich beach 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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