Walk: Magical Loch Morlich

Highland | Glenmore Forest Park | Short walk | ★★★

[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 chances of spotting one will rarely be higher than here.

[First dustings of snow above an autumnal Loch Morlich (20/10/12)]

📌 Walk: Magical Loch Morlich ★★★
Start / finish at car park (charge) on minor road, northeast edge of Loch Morlich, Glenmore, G.R.: NH 972099 ///icebergs.summer.wash

▶ 6 km / 4 mi | ▲ 50 m | ⌚ Short | Easy
Features: Glenmore Forest Park; Loch Morlich
Terrain: Tracks for the southwestern half of the circuit, paths for the northeastern portion.

Route & map

Circuit of the loch in either direction. Route marked in red here (start point 2).


Route credit: Forestry and Land Scotland

On our visit

Wildlife: Ducks on the loch and a few frogs along the way. Red squirrels nearby at Glenmore Visitor Centre.
Weather: Mostly cloudy with the occasional hint of something brighter; snow melting on the hills.

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

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