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A sandy beach, a glittering loch, and pine-scented forest. Could this be a wee corner of paradise?

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.

When it’s time for a break – or an ice cream – the Glenmore Forest Park Visitor Centre is just along the road. Our guide map (PDF 3.9MB) has details of sites and trails throughout the Forest Park.


Parking (charge) Easy-access facilities Toilets Picnic area Walking

Life's essentials

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.

Car parking

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.

Walking trails

Please note, there are timber harvesting works at the western edge of Loch Morlich and you may encounter a slightly higher number of vehicles on this short section of forest road. Please observe any safety signage.


Cycling trails


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.

Contact: Glenmore Forest Park Visitor Centre

Address: Glenmore, By Aviemore

Postcode: PH22 1QU

Telephone: 01479 861220

Email: invernessrossskye@forestry.gsi.gov.uk


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.

Using SatNav?

PH22 1QY is the nearest postcode, centred on Glenmore youth hostel just across the road.

Public transport

Buses between Aviemore and the Cairngorm Mountain ski centre pass Loch Morlich beach. You'll find details at Traveline Scotland.

Nearby places

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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