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Loch Morlich, Aviemore

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Loch Morlich (Scottish Gaelic, Loch Mhùrlaig) 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. As seen on Game of Thrones Season 5.

Long stretches of its shoreline are formed of sandy beaches. In 2009 these beaches received a Seaside Award by the Keep Scotland Beautiful (KSB) 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 (the Norwegian Independent (army) Company, trained by the British Special Operations Executive) 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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  • We were in Aviemore after quite a bit of snow and very cold temperatures so the loch was frozen. Very pretty and worth a stop if you're going by or in the area. If you only have time for one loch in....  more
    We were in Aviemore after quite a bit of snow and very cold temperatures so the loch was frozen. Very pretty and worth a stop if you're going by or in the area. If you only have time for one loch in....  more »
  • We came here several times to eat and explore the Loch.There is a warm reception at The Pine Marten Bar and Great food provided by Scott and his team.There is a large Campsite there where You can pay....  more
    We came here several times to eat and explore the Loch.There is a warm reception at The Pine Marten Bar and Great food provided by Scott and his team.There is a large Campsite there where You can pay....  more »
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  • Amazing place! Photographers dream. Doesn’t matter if it is summer or winter, beautiful view. We were walking around the lake. Instagrammable place. Summer time busy. If you are there bring some feed for a ducks.
  • what a beautiful place... my Alivometer hits 100 here :-)... the beach, the mountains, the woods...... visited in September and it was very quiet, so we just roamed around for an extra hour or two than planned... didn't want to leave :-) even the drive from Inverness to this place was lovely....... or maybe the Highlands is just my kind of place....

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