Any of the car parks alongside Loch Morlich will make a suitable starting point for this walk, but the route as described starts at the car park at the far end of the loch, signed ‘Loch Morlich watersports’. There is a modest parking charge (at all the car parks). Several waymarked trails start here; the circuit of the loch is marked by deep red marker posts. It begins opposite the entrance to the car park and soon passes the wooden toilet block. There is a large beach on the shores of the loch to the right which can easily be visited. Continue following the red (and blue) marker posts to cross a small wooden footbridge; Loch Morlich campsite is on the left.
Further on the trail reaches the fast-flowing Abhain Ruigh-eunachan close to where it flows into Loch Morlich; turn left alongside this stream until reaching a bridge. Cross this (briefly we follow the white waymarkers) and turn right on the far side. When the white waymarkers go off to the left away from the stream, follow them and continue on the winding trail, which soon seems to turn away from Loch Morlich. When the trail reaches another clear path, turn right, and when the path forks again, keep right. Soon the trail comes close to the loch once more. There are stunning views across the loch to the distant plateau of the Monadhliath, and further on Meall a Bhuachaille is sometimes perfectly mirrored in the water.
Continue on the track as it heads around the far side of the Loch. There are numerous places where you can get down to the waters edge. Keep following the clear track, keeping right at a junction and following the red marker posts. After a while the path crosses a small ford with a wooden bridge. Continue along the path until a wide T junction is reached where you turn right. This track leads to a green metal bridge and the main road to Cairngorm.
Turn right and take the path immediately after the bridge which runs along the shore of the Loch. There are a number of sandy beach areas here which make good picnic sites although they are close to the road. A larger sandy area is reached just before the sailing club building. Here there is a classic view across the Loch to Cairn Gorm and Braeriach.
At the end of the beach and parking area, before the building, cross the road and follow the signs for walkers and cyclists onto the path to the right running alongside the road. This path leads all the way to the forestry information centre but you need to turn right down a steep path when you are opposite the entrance to the parking area for Loch Morlich. Cross the road and return to the start.
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