Loch Morlich

Scotland's only fresh water award winning beach is situated at the foot of the Cairngorms, right at the heart of the National Park.   Managed by the Foresty and Land Scotland, this beautiful sandy bay, at the end of Loch Morlich, provides an ideal site for enjoying a wide range of activities, water sports and loch side forest walks.


In 2009 the beach 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, the Norwegian Independent (army) Company, trained by the British Special Operations Executive. A memorial to the Kompani Linge can be found outside the Glenmore Forest Park visitor centre

Natural Space

Situated at the heart of the Cairngorms Natural Park Loch Morlich enjoys one of the finest settings of any loch in the country. It is surrounded by forests and fringed by beaches, with the stunning backdrop of the often snow-clad peaks of the northern Cairngorms. The setting provides a multitude of experiences of wild natural spaces.


A rural setting with a sailing school and nearby campsite. Long stretches of its shoreline are formed of sandy beaches magnificent views over water to the mountains with great access to nearby forest trails.

Getting There

Take the ski road from Aviemore towards Glenmore Forest Park and the Cairngorms.  Drive along the loch side to the end.  The car park is on the right.

Water quality information

This beach is a designated bathing water site. Further information about water quality at this site can be found on the SEPA website. Please observe local signage and only swim where it is safe to do so.

Contact details

Glenmore Visitor Centre
01479 861 220
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