Rothiemurchus For­est, Cairn­gorms

Trail Running (UK) - - Routes - ■ Ian Stew­art, TrailRun­ningS­cot­land.com

This route links two of the best-known beauty spots in the Cairn­gorms: the sandy beaches of Loch Mor­lich and peace­ful Loch an Eilein with its ru­ined cas­tle, re­cently voted Scot­land’s favourite pic­nic spot. You will cer­tainly have earned a pic­nic by the time you get there, but the gen­tly un­du­lat­ing trails climb over 500 me­ters of as­cent with­out ever re­ally go­ing up­hill. The Rothiemurchus For­est is the largest re­main­ing patch of the an­cient Cale­do­nian pine for­est that once cov­ered the High­lands and is home to many rare species. Look out for red squir­rels, pine martens, cross­bills and even ca­per­cail­lie. If the wildlife are hid­ing you can feast your eyes on the views of the Cairn­gorm moun­tains at var­i­ous view­points along the route.

The Druie, Rothiemurchus Cen­tre, PH22 1QH, NH 902109 Loch an Eilein beach, NH 898083 Glen­more, PH22 1QY, NH 976097 OS Ex­plorer OL57; Har­vey Bri­tish Moun­tain Map, Cairn­gorms

Run­ning through Cale­do­nian pines on the shore of Loch an Eilein

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