Loch an Eilean via Badenoch Way
This route is not technically difficult but at 35 miles 28 of which are off road you need to be reasonably fit. It follows the Badenoch Way between Kingussie and Aviemore and returns via Loch an Eilean, Feshiebridge and Inshriach Forest.
Start at the gardens in Kingussie and take the road towards Insh passing Ruthven Barracks. At Tromie Bridge turn right and after 200 yds. take a sharp left uphill to Drumguish. At the crossroads carry straight on. The road soon becomes a track (Badenoch Way) and eventually reaches the road( B970) passing the hamlet of Inveruglas on the way.
At the road turn right on to a Forest Road and after 100 yds. turn left. Go uphill for a few hundred yds. and look out for a Singletrack path on the left. Take this and follow it to the end. Turn left and follow this track when it bends to the right. A little further on the Badenoch Way goes left. You can choose to take this down to the road and follow the road round to Kincraig OR carry on and follow the track down to join a forest road. Follow this for a few hundred yds. and look out for Singletrack on the left (easy to miss). Take this track through the trees and pass Torbreck House up to the road at a ruined cottage. Cross the road on to some singletrack which leads on to Forest Road. Follow this road for a while passing the first way post onthe right and at the second waypost turn right on to a path which leads down to the road. Cross the road to the car park and keep left towards the disabled access. Go past the turning to Mill Cottage and follow this track for a while eventually coming to some farm buildings on your left. Go straight on through a gate and then left up to the road. Turn right and follow the road past Loch Insh and over the bridge to Kincraig. The Village stores here are well stocked with food and drink. Turn right here and this takes you back on to the Badenoch Way. This has been upgraded to a hardcore surface and you follow it all the way to Aviemore. (Note: at the time of writing, May 2015, a few short sections are not quite finished and you may need to lift your bike over a few fences). As you near Aviemore follow the track to the end. It goes under the railway and leads back up to the road. Cross the road onto the cycle path and continue to Aviemore. At the roundabout turn right towards Cairngorm. After 1/2 mile at Inverduie turn right towards Feshiebridge and after 100 yds. turn left. You will see a gate leading into the forest. Go through the gate and follow the main track (the right hand one) and follow to the end passing the picturesque Lochan Mor. At the road turn left to Loch an Eilean. Go through the car park to the shores of the loch. Pause here to appreciate it's beauty and take photos. You can go either way around the loch but I recommend going right as this gives an excellent view of the island with it's ruined castle. Carry on until you reach a wooden footbridge. Just after the bridge turn right on to singletrack and follow this past Loch Gamhna. This section of trail is quite rough in places. Shortly after crossing a stream you will see Drakes Bothy on your left. After the bothy the path is smoother. Follow it to the end and turn left on the forest road. Carry on passing turnings on both sides until you come to a turning on the left signposted for Feshiebridge. Turn left here and follow to the end. EITHER turn right and follow forest road to the car park OR carry on to some singletrack. Follow this and take a right turn after a few hundred yds. and follow to car park. Leave the car park, cross the road and carry on down to Feshiebridge. Over the bridge turn left and follow the track with the river on your left passing through a couple of gates. After the second gate take the left path down towards the river. Follow this track which soon goes alongside the river Feshie eventually reaching a few houses. Follow the Right of Way signs up to the road. At the road go left and carry on for about 1 mile then take the right fork on to a forest road. Stay on this track which after a while emerges onto open moorland before climbing back up into the forest. The gradient soon flattens out and then descends eventually arriving at a high forest gate. Go through the gate and follow the track back to Drumguish. Turn left here rejoining your outward route back to Kingussie.