Hidden in the forest of Rothiemurchus, this beautiful place is one of the most loved in the UK.
Loch an Eilein (loch of the island) with its 13th century island castle, was voted Britain's Best Picnic Spot.
Step back in time and retrace the steps of the Highland cattle raiders as you enjoy views of the dramatic and mysterious Highland castle and enjoy the exceptional wildlife of the forest including Red Squirrels and Scottish Crossbills. You can enjoy some of the best low level walking in Scotland. Sheltered by ancient pine trees with views of the mountains, the path round the loch is suitable for motorised wheel chairs, off road buggies and is part of the 50km Rothiemurchus way marked network of paths.
Open daily from Easter till October, Loch an Eilein gallery offers a wide range of fine art and locally made crafts. We usually have a fantastic selection of fine art work and photography, primarily landscapes and wildlife as befits our rural situation. The craft work is nearly all sourced locally and comprises jewellery, Harris tweed, felt work, engraved and fused glass, sculpture, wood turning, driftaway art, soaps and much more.
Loch an Eilein gallery is a fantastic showcase of the artistic talent in this area. During the season we will be presenting a constantly changing exhibition of a range of art styles and media, from some exciting new artists as well as old favourites.