Lochend has been inhabited since long before the Iron Age, when the Lake of Menteith was home to about eight crannogs. Sitting right on the lake itself, these crannogs were circular houses built on stone bases or on wooden stilts. These were linked to the shore by underwater causeways, the location of which were known only to their inhabitants, who would shelter here with their livestock in times of danger.
The most famous thing about the Lake of Menteith is Inchmaholme Priory, an awe inspiring ruined 13th century priory on the largest island on the lake. Robert the Bruce and Mary Queen of Scots both spent time there. It's well worth the short boat trip which is run by Historic Environment Scotland from Easter to Autumn. Boats depart just a few minutes up the shore road from Lochend Chalets. Find out about visiting here.
Why is the Lake of Menteith a lake and not a loch?
Many people wonder why our lake is called a lake rather than a loch - and although our Da - Jimmy Nairn, sadly no longer with us, used to love spinning fanciful tales about the reasons, the real truth is that it's not very clear why it changed names form loch to lake. Until the 19th century it was referred to a Loch of Menteith, but it mysteriously changed after that. Was it a cartographer's mistranslation of the Gaelic 'laic' describing the low lying land around and about? (Maybe...) Was it an evil plot by those loyal to the English crown? (Probably not...) It seems that the real truth about the Lake of Menteith is lost in the mists of time! Read more about the history of Lochend.
Lochend has extraordinary natural beauty and we want to preserve that, both for the future of our children, Bunty, Cooper and Pippin, and for the future of our guests. We are supportive of many eco-measures to help keep Lochend green and clean.
We are in awe of the environment we live in and feel humble and proud to be the current custodians of this little slice of heaven in the Trossachs. Read how Lochend is kept to the highest standards to ensure you have the best holiday we can provide. Read more about those eco aims here.
Chris has always had a passion for wood, making walking sticks for his pals as a young boy, then winning the senior prize for ‘techy’ at High School. Even when adult working life took over, a penknife and a stick were never far away! When Victoria met Chris it wasn’t long before his artisan abilities became obvious: an avid ‘comber’ of beaches, mountains and even the odd skip, Chris is the original womble, turning almost everything he finds into mixed media art, shelves, hutches and workbenches. Check out some more of his work.
Read all about our accreditations with various tourist associations who believe in the same high levels of hospitality and sustainability as we do. From food, cycling, biking, classic cars and angling we have an accreditations that show we can help you make the memories that will stay with you forever.
LUXURY LAKE OF MENTEITH ACCOMMODATION
Stay and relax in our luxury lodges, chalets and log cabins on the beautiful The Lake of Menteith shore
Breath in the fresh Scottish air and immerse yourself in the nature-rich landscapes of the Trossachs
Feel yourself come alive as you explore the Lake of Menteith area and the hills, walks and lochs of the Trosscahs
Keep active while you're here with watersports, hiking, horse-riding or traditional Scottish outdoor pusuits
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