Walk: Magical Loch Morlich

[Loch Morlich beach]

Scotland has countless locations with outstanding scenic splendour, but many of those with high mountain scenery require a long walk to reach. What marks out Loch Morlich as special is (on a quiet day) its wilderness feel and mountain views, even though you're never more than a mile or so from the good road through Glenmore Forest Park. The loch comes alive with water sports in summer, while autumn brings solace at water level as the first dustings of snow cover the high ground beyond the southern shore. A thick cover of snow often blankets the area during winter as thick ice forms on the loch, and late spring brings the curious dichotomy of sunbathers on the sandy beaches while skiing continues on the slopes of Cairngorm Mountain above. Whatever the season, Loch Morlich is an enchanting destination and a circuit of its pine-clad shores is the best way to explore properly. Look out for red squirrels: they're used to humans in these parts, so your chances of spotting one will rarely be higher than here.

[First dustings of snow above an autumnal Loch Morlich (October 2012)]

Name: Walk: Magical Loch Morlich ★☆☆
Length: 6 km / 4 miles
Ascent: 50 metres
Points of interest: Glenmore Forest Park; Loch Morlich
Start / finish: Car park (with charge) at north-east edge of Loch Morlich, Glenmore, G.R.: NH 972099 / icebergs summer wash

Route: Circuit of the loch in either direction. Route marked in red here (start point 2).
Terrain: Tracks for the south-western half of the circuit, paths for the north-eastern portion.
Wildlife today: Ducks on the loch and a few frogs along the way. Red squirrels seen nearby at Glenmore Visitor Centre.
Weather today: Mostly cloudy with the occasional hint of something brighter; snow melting on the hills.

>> see separate post for Glenmore Forest Park ★★☆☆

[Quite a few frogs venturing out in the warmer weather today]


Route credit: Forestry Commission

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