Loch Morlich

A tranquil loch in the mountains with something for everyone

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Loch Morlich is a freshwater, family-friendly loch near Aviemore situated at the foot of the Cairngorms in Glenmore Forest Park. It has a lovely sandy bay and is the only freshwater beach in Scotland to have a rural beach award. 

The scenery is breathtaking with stunning views of snow-capped mountains, It’s a perfect spot to soak up the mountain vista and watch the world go by, either from the beach or one of the car parks nestled in the trees along the road that passes it.

It can get quite busy in the summer months. So might be a good idea to arrive early to pick your spot.


For those that love water-based activities, there are plenty on offer such as paddle boarding, canoeing, kayaking, boat hire and windsurfing. You can hire equipment and book lessons. Booking in advance is essential, as the courses are popular.

On the beach, there is a cafe, toilets and facilities for the disabled. There’s a large car park (fee payable). Why not bring a picnic and make a day of it. Barbecues are allowed on the beach, but be aware that these are strictly prohibited in woodland areas, as is the lighting of any fires.. Dogs kept under control are welcome.

Wild swimming in Loch Morlich is particularly good for beginners wanting a gentle swim along the shore. There are areas clearly marked for safe swimming. A wetsuit is recommended as swimming in all Scottish lochs can be quite cold.

The sand can be rough on bare feet so water shoes are also a good idea in and out of the water.

Walks around Loch Morlich

If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the beach then why not go for a walk or cycle around the loch.

There are marked paths and trails with many different views. The path wends its way through forestry land, and there are many glimpses of the surrounding peaks framed by the gaps in the gaps. Don’t forget your camera. It’s also a haven for wildlife, keep an eye out for woodland creatures and birds.

And don’t wait till the summer months, The Cairngorms area is a photographers’ paradise all year round as you get the benefits of long days in the summer and snow-capped mountains in the winter, not to mention the spectacular sunsets.

Aviemore and the Cairngorms has something to offer whatever the season, keeping the area buzzing all year round.

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