GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Green Loch Aviemore Walk

3 miles (5.2 km)

This walk takes you to the unusually coloured Green Loch (An Lochan Uaine) near Aviemore in the Glenmore Forest Park. The small lake is a popular spot to visit with its photogenic turquoise hue.
You can start the walk from the visitor centre at the Glenmore Forest Park where there is a car parking area. From here you can follow woodland trails north east for about 1.5 miles to the loch. It's a lovely tranquil place with footpaths up to a fine wooden viewing platform on the side of the loch. In folklore it's also known as the Faerie Loch, as its green colour was due to the faeries washing their clothing in the waters.

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

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

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Head west from the visitor centre and there's more nice waterside trails along Loch Morlich.
Just west of Aviemore there's the wonderful Craigellachie Nature Reserve. The reserve includes a series of lochans, fascinating plantlife and a wonderful viewpoint towards the nearby Cairn Gorm.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Cairngorms Walks page.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


An Lochan Uaine - - 758852

An Lochan Uaine living up to its name in this photo.

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An Lochan Uaine. Looking anything but "uaine" in this shot, showing how light on water can determine the colour.

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The loch looking a fine turquoise colour here. View taken from Ryvoan Pass.

Mixed woodland in the Ryvoan Pass - - 887273

Mixed woodland in the Ryvoan Pass


GPS Files

GPX File

Green Loch.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)

Memory Map Route

Green Loch.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)