3. LOCH MORLICH, AVIEMORE
Rothiemurchus Forest and Estate, in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park, is one of the most beautiful places in Scotland and contains much of the last remnants of the ancient Caledonian Forest and loads of wildlife.
The Old Logging Way is a great trail with beautiful views to the surrounding mountains and there are several cafés along the route for refuelling. There’s even an award-winning beach (with watersports centre) for the kids to play on – if it’s a hot day, why not bring your swimming gear?
The trail begins in Aviemore and climbs gradually along a dedicated walk and cycleway towards Glenmore. It can get busy with other users, so remember to Do The Ride Thing and respect others. Stop off at Glenmore for a pit-stop and refreshments, before heading around the loch, including a visit to the beach. The descent is easy with beautiful views across Loch Morlich and beyond, before heading back to Aviemore.