Lochend is wonderfully central, there are so many places to visit, but we thought we'd recommend 3 of our family's favourites.
15 miles from Lochend.
On a wet day there are plenty of interesting different building to hide in, the Great Hall, the old kitchens and the military museum. But on a fine day the gardens and the views are really spectacular. Through the summer at the weekends there are often re-enactments or events taking place. A nice new Costa cafe has married new architecture with some old vaults. In all, a really interesting place for lots of different reasons, and for all different ages.
General Office - Tel No 01786 450000
Gift Shop - 01786 431317.
Tickets cost: Adult: £13.00 (age 16-59) Child: £6.50 (age 5-15) Concession: £10.00 Child under 5: FreeAdults - £8.32, Seniors - £6.34, Children (5-15 yrs) - £4.16, under 5's - free. Prices are likely to go up in April. Parking £2 for 4 hours at castle.
1 mile, across the water
This is probably best visited on a fine day, avoid Sundays and bank holidays as it can get busy. The jetty is on the northern side of the Lake and just before the hotel there is a jetty where a ferry runs back and forth from 9am-5pm from Easter to October. It is a really magical place, with impressive remains of the 12th Century Priory and, although you aren't allowed to climb all over the ruins as we did as children, you can still run round the island, find the Yew Tree clearing, where I always imagined the Infant Mary Queen of Scots played! And have a picnic. There is only a tiny shop on the island so provisions should be taken with you; and off, if there's any left over!
Tickets cost: Adults - £5 Concessions - £4 Children £3.
Glencoe Visitor's Centre - Tel.No. 01855 811307
Glencoe Ski Centre - Tel.No. 01855 851233
This is a truly spectacular place, in both weathers, and can
take the form or a car journey, or walking or, if we are lucky with
snow, skiing. It takes an hour and a half from Lochend, and if you
have never experienced the wild Scottish landscape of the highlands
then this is a must.
Drive to Callander then on to the A84 pass through Strathyre, at Lochearnhead the road becomes the A85, Crianlarich, and then to Tyndrum where we like to stop at the 'Green Wellie Stop' homebaking and great loos! Take the A82 Fort William and from here on in the mountains dominate the landscape; another 15 mins drive and you are at the ski lift, follow the road through the glen and at the end visit the National Trust for Scotland's excellent Visitors Centre. There is a nice wee café here, interactive geography information, and a show recounting the famous tragedy involving the MacDonald and Campbell Clans. You can also start some gentle, and some vigorous, walks from here.