Want to enjoy the freedom, peace and quiet of being in the wild Highlands? If you love the feeling of getting well and truly off the beaten track, then this is the perfect route to try. You'll find yourself surrounded by nothing more than the wilds of Scotland on the scenic and enjoyable trek.
This is an out and back route so you'll come back the same way you went. The walk takes around 3 ½ hours each way, so you'll have to take that into account. It is possible to camp at the Loch if you're happy to carry your tent with you. You will be camping wild so make sure to bring everything you need, if this is your plan.
The route starts from Aviemore, right on the doorstep of Ravenscraig House. You begin on the well-known Loch an Eilein trail. This takes you through the Rothiemurchus forest. Shortly after the woods, you'll turn off to head south towards the Loch. The route is easy to follow and offers stunning views of the glen. As you travel, you're flanked by a collection of the highest Cairngorm peaks, including Sgor Gaoith.
At the base of the hills, you'll find your destination. Loch Einich is a beautiful photo spot. It's full of character and is a gorgeous backdrop even if the fog has rolled in or the clouds are sitting low.
There are several river crossings along the way. Some have bridges and others require you to ford the water. You need to have appropriate footwear and go prepared. If there has been a lot of rain, you may be better delaying your walk. Some of the crossings will get much more challenging when the water is high.
You may struggle to get phone signal out in the wilds. So make sure you go prepared.
This route is not only great for walking, but it's also suitable for mountain bikes. The ride back is the quicker leg, as it's mostly downhill.