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6 Magic Cairngorms Elopement in the Scottish Highlands locations – Lochs

Loch an Eilein elopement, Aviemore elopement, Cairngorms elopement in the Scottish Highlands Lochs

Are you dreaming about the Cairngorms elopement in the Scottish Highlands, on the shore of the loch? There are a lot of breathtaking places in Scotland where you can elope. But today I would like to show you the magical places in Cairngorms National Park. Places full of magic, enchanted, beautiful. One of my favourites… And if you love forests and dream of the Cairngorms elopement in the Scottish Highlands, on the shore of the loch, and surrounded by the majestic Scottish Highlands and pine trees, you might also like these locations.

CAIRNGORMS ELOPEMENT IN THE SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS

Loch Garten elopement

25 minutes – this is how long it takes to drive to Loch Garten from Aviemore. You have a choice of two car parks – one of them is located next to the centre, the other in the forest. The one at the centre is equipped with toilets.

Loch Garten – one of my favourite spots for Cairngorms elopement. A path along the pine forest leads to the lake. Oh, that smell is amazing! You are surrounded by greenery everywhere. This green is present there even in winter, thanks to the needles that do not change colour all year round.

A ceremony on the shore of a lake, surrounded by beautiful pine trees and their roots protruding above the surface, mountains in the distance? Checked. The pine trees will give you a nice shelter during very windy days.


Aviemore – Loch Garten – 25 minutes

Car park – yes, two: one near Visitor Centre, second in the forest

Toilets – yes, Visitor Centre

Forest – pines and some broadleaved

Woodland path – yes

Hiking shoes – not necessary


Loch Morlich elopement

One of the larger lakes in the Cairngorms, Loch Morlich is approximately 20 minutes from Aviemore. I like to visit them in the off-season when it’s not crowded there. There is a water centre nearby, so in summer the beach is full of tourists, especially at the weekend.

Getting married on the shore of the dungeon with the highest peaks of the Cairngorms in the distance? Yup, you will have it. The pines on the shore, sheltering from the wind.


Aviemore – Loch Orlich – 20 minutes

Car park – yes

Toilets – no (the nearest one is at Glenmore Forest Park Visitor Centre)

Forest – pines

Woodland path – yes

Hiking shoes – not necessary


An Lochan Uaine, Green Loch elopement

Turquoise water. Majestic old pines standing like statues. A path along the pine forest leads to Green Loch. You have about 20-25 minutes to walk from the parking lot.
There are two small beaches by the lake, perfect for the ceremony. On one side you are surrounded by pine trees, on the other side a mountain slope decorated with falling stones.

This place, like Loch Morlich, is quite crowded in the high season. Best for an early morning ceremony, weekend or off-season. And because it is small in size, the greater number of people is quite felt. It’s also hard to find a secluded place.
I would like to see them in winter. Turquoise water surrounded by white mountains … It must look beautiful.


Aviemore – Green Loch (An Lochan Uaine) – 25 minutes

Car park – yes (on the road)

Toilets – no (the nearest at Cairngorms Reindeer Centre)

Forest – pines, broadleaved

Woodland path – yes

Hiking shoes – not necessary


Loch An Eilein elopement

It was one of the most beautiful and pleasant walks in the woods I have done recently. I have already added Loch an Eilein walk to my favourites list. The walk around Loch an Eilein took us about 2 hours. Surrounded by pine trees, from time to time leafy trees, roots of perennial pines protruding to the surface creating magical patterns. In the distance, we could admire the Scottish Highlands.

It is also one of the most beautiful places for the Cairngorms elopement in the Scottish Highlands. Imagine your Loch an Eilein elopement, holding their hands, reading your vows. A gentle breeze running through the trees and playing with your hair, dress, bouquet.


Aviemore – Loch an Eilein – 20 minutes

Car park – yes (£1.50 per person in 2021)

Toilets – yes (near Loch an Eilein)

Forest – pines, broadleaved

Woodland path – yes

Hiking shoes – not necessary


Loch Muick elopement

Loch Muick, a breathtaking place for the Cairngorms elopement. After walking about 10 minutes from the parking lot, you will see the lake surrounded by mountains from a distance. On the left side, there is a small pine forest. It takes another 10 minutes to get to the shores of Loch Muick. There is nowhere to hide from the wind. Loch Muick compared to the previous locations is uncovered.


Aviemore – Loch Muick – 1 hr 50 mins

Car park – yes (£4 for a car, whole day)

Toilets – yes (when I was there twice in May they were closed)

Forest – pine, but the loch is uncovered

Woodland path – no

Hiking shoes – not necessary but will be more comfortable


Loch Ullachie elopement

One of the smallest lochs in the Cairngorms. A great choice for an intimate Cairngorms elopement in the Scottish Highlands. Tiny parking lot, peace and quiet, pine trees giving the shelter against the wind. This is one of the most important advantages of this place. I fell in love with him. It is true that I had a little problem with finding a parking lot, but we managed.


Aviemore – Loch Ullachie – 1hr 30 mins

Car park – yes, for a few cars only

Toilets – no

Forest – pine

Woodland path – a very short around the loch

Hiking shoes – yes, might be boggy in some parts of the path


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