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Loch Morlich

Loch Morlich


Nested in the heart of the Cairngorms, Loch Morlich Beach is surrounded by the Caledonian pines of Glenmore Forest Park and overlooked by Cairngorm and Ben Macdui.

Managed by Forestry and Land Scotland this sandy beach sits at 300m above sea level on the shore of a freshwater loch where visitors can enjoy watersports, walking trails and food at nearby venues. Overnight stays can be enjoyed at the nearby campsite and a variety of visitor attractions are a short walk away. A number of car parks provide beach access (parking charges apply).


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 variety of wild fowl can be seen enjoying the clear waters on the loch, such as ducks, goldeneye, divers and ospreys and in the nearby forests you might see red squirrels, crested tit, and crossbills. 


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.


Toilets open 24hrs.

Contact Details

Forestry and Land Scotland - Glenmore Visitor Centre
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