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A perfect place to picnic, play, and gaze at the mountains across the loch

Loch Morlich

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.

Don't forget to pay a visit to the award-winning Loch Morlich Beach too. Our guide map (PDF 3.9MB) has details of sites and trails throughout the Forest Park.


Parking (charge) Picnic area Walking Cycling

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.

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.

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


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 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.

Using SatNav?

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.

Public transport

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

Nearby places

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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