Loch an Eilein is a small loch on the Rothiemurchus estate about 5 km south of Aviemore in the Cairngorms National Park. The name Loch an Eilein comes from the gaelic ‘loch of the island’.
Rob Roy and other cattle rustlers used the loch and one side of the loch is called ‘Robbers Way’.
In the middle of the Loch are ruins of the castle. The castle was once a stronghold of Alexander Stewart,the Earl of Buchan and known as the Wolf of Badenoch who died around the turn of the 15th century.
The Jacobites, retreating from Cromdale in 1690, besieged the castle, led by Dame Grizel Mor Grant, widow of the fifth laird Grant. At this time the castle was connected to the shore by a causeway. The causeway was lost when the water level in the loch was raised in the 18th century.
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  • 1stImpressions
    1stImpressionsalmost 4 years ago

    now this is a bit good IVR

  • Very kind of you

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  • David Davies
    David Daviesalmost 4 years ago

    Good one, Jamie. Thanks for the narrative!

  • It’s weird but I was reading about the wolf of Badenoch the day before I posted this…

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  • Tom Gomez
    Tom Gomezalmost 4 years ago

    Fantastic capture of one of my favourite places …

  • One of mine too Tom

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  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47almost 4 years ago

    Oh, this is just fine & will do ‘n all. I first saw this place in April of 1978, & as I was fully conversant with the tale of the Wolf (one of my dad’s favorites), I was completely enthralled by the tones of Spring at the Wolf’s Lair. No ghosts, just shades of past & present. Thanks for this.

  • Thou art welcome

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  • Colin Metcalf
    Colin Metcalfalmost 4 years ago

    Fabulous, love the cloud bank!!

  • Cheers Colin

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  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyalmost 4 years ago

    Marvellous shot and most interesting history to go with it, Jamie. But I don’t believe the Sainted Rob was a cattle rustler. He must just have borrowed them for a bit and forgotten to return them.

  • hahahaha,that’s the case for the defence

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  • JHRphotoART
    JHRphotoARTalmost 4 years ago

    beautiful scenery… nicely captured

  • Thanks Yani

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  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47almost 4 years ago

    Ha ha! Leave it to Oxley to make the case for History as she are Bent….

  • he’s a wag

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  • sarnia2
    sarnia2almost 4 years ago

  • greg angus
    greg angusover 2 years ago

    This explains why so many old expat Scots love the Adirondack mountains in Upstate New York… this scene could be transplanted there and fit right in quite naturally. Beautiful.

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