GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Loch Etchachan

1 miles (1 km)

This walk visits the remote Loch Etchachan in the Cairngorms National Park. It's a beautiful, peaceful place with fine views to Cairn Gorm and Ben Macdui. It's popular with both wild swimmers and wild campers. The loch is notable as being the highest waterbody of its size in the UK, the surface being 927 metres (3,041ft) above sea level.
You can easily extend the walk by heading north to visit Loch Avon where there's a circular trail to follow around the loch. To the west there's the climb to Carn Etchachan where you can enjoy fine views over the area.

Loch Etchachan OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Loch Etchachan Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

A few miles to the north west there's nice trails around Loch Morlich and the unusual Green Loch in the Glenmore Forest Park. There's more facilities here with a visitor centre and car park.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Cairngorms Walks page.

Photos

The outflow from Loch Etchachan - geograph.org.uk - 532111

The outflow from Loch Etchachan

Eastern end of Loch Etchachan - geograph.org.uk - 1017652

Eastern end of Loch Etchachan

Carn Etchachan - geograph.org.uk - 50878

Carn Etchachan. 1120m summit of an outlying top of Ben Macdui, just rising above the plateau. The hill ends in some famous climbing crags overlooking Loch Avon.

Carn Etchachan - geograph.org.uk - 1764494

Carn Etchachan. Looking at the crags forming the eastern side of the mountain, from the lower slopes of Beinn Mheadhoin.

Loch Etchachan to Cairn Gorm - geograph.org.uk - 229215

Loch Etchachan to Cairn Gorm

On the path below Loch Etchachan, looking at Point 983 (a top of Derry Cairngorm) and Glen Derry - geograph.org.uk - 781668

On the path below Loch Etchachan, looking at Point 983 (a top of Derry Cairngorm) and Glen Derry

Video

GPS Files

GPX File

Loch Etchachan.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>'Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Share>Save to Files')

Memory Map Route

Loch Etchachan.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>'Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Share>Save to Files)