Loch Morlich, Highland

Amazing sandy beach with crystal clear water and with a scenic view that is outstanding, Loch Morlich is a very unique natural phenomenon. The circuit of the loch is a very popular walk.

Scotland’s only fresh water award winning beach is situated at the foot of the Cairngorms, right at the heart of the National Park. 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. The sandy loch beaches provide spectacular views of the snow-clad peaks of the northern Cairngorms.

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) because of the close resemblance of the area, both in landscape and climate, to Norway.

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