Loch Morlich, Aviemore

Loch Morlich is a freshwater loch in the Badenoch and Strathspey area of Highland, Scotland near Aviemore. The loch is home to a watersports centre with kayaking, sailing and windsurfing among the activities available. There is also a yacht club and cycling routes around the loch. The loch is at the foot of the Cairngorm mountains, just a few miles from Aviemore.
Long stretches of its shoreline are formed of sandy beaches. In 2009 these beaches received a Seaside Award by the Keep Scotland Beautiful campaign, the first time that this had been given to a fresh water loch. At 300 metres above sea level it also became the highest beach to be given this award.
When examined closely the sand of these beaches contains large amounts of broken glass. However, this glass does not come from careless tourists discarding bottles irresponsibly, but is in fact left over from the Second World War when the area around Loch Morlich was used as a commando school. In particular it was used as a training area for the Kompani Linge because of the close resemblance of the area, both in landscape and climate, to Norway. A memorial to the Kompani Linge can be found outside the Glenmore Forest Park visitor centre.
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  • Amazing views from the highest beach in the UK. Sand is a tad too crunchy for castle building. Great walk around lake will take you just over an hour. If you duck into the forest for a pee, be sure...  more »
  • Lovely beach in winter and summer. Lots to do with water activities and also nice walks around loch. A place you must visit if in Aviemore  more »
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  • Gorgeous place, family walk around the lake and drive up to Cairn Gorm railway station. Stunning views all round
  • Great place when sun is out so much water sports to do
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