Lochend

ACTIVITIES AT LOCHEND CHALETS

Lochend may be a great base for exploring Scotland, but there is a huge amount to do right here on the estate, without even getting in the car. For many guests, Lochend isn't just somewhere to stay, it's somewhere to be - a beautiful spot to relax in nature. 

The lake dominates Lochend activities: it’s right outside your window, whichever lodge, cabin or chalet you pick. So, whether you’re sipping a glass of wine and watching the sun set over the Menteith Hills, spotting ospreys fishing in the water, picnicking on the shore, or heading out in our fishing or rowing boat, or even diving clad in your Speedos, the lake is ready and waiting. But there's plenty more to occupy you here, too. Browse the panels below for all Lochend activities.

COOK SCHOOL

Within the grounds of Lochend, in what was once the estate piggery, lies the acclaimed Nick Nairn Cook School, and it's new summer resturant, run by our big brother, Nick Nairn.

FISHING

The The Lake of Menteith is one of Scotland’s foremost premier trout fishing waters which frequently hosts the fly-fishing national and World Championship events.

STARGAZING

With low levels of light pollution at Lochend, particularily in the winter months, we have a sky full of stars just waiting for you to set up a tripod and camera or just lie on your back and look up.

GAMES ROOM

The stage of many a keenly contested family table-tennis match or pool session, our games room is a great place for young and sometimes old guests to hang out with newfound pals.

PLAY AREA

Sheltered below an ancient oak tree just back from the lake, our play area has a wooden play-boat that is always a real hit with younger guests, and a rope swing that is popular with children of all ages.

TWITCHING

There is a fabulous array of birds to spot at Lochend, from the ospreys who fish in the lake all summer, to the oyster catchers, and tawny owls who nest in the giant Scots Pine on the drive.

WATER FUN

Stretching out in front of our chalets, cabins and lodges, the lake dominates Lochend life. Enjoy paddling, swimming, rowing and fishing while you're here. Some people even bring their own paddle-board, kayak or canoe.

TENNIS

We have a full-sized concrete court at Lochend (we supply rackets but not balls). The tennis court is also a great place for impromptu games of football-tennis, dodgeball and family friendly rivalries.

BIKES

Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National park is a cyclist’s paradise, packed with fantastic off-road routes over dramatic mountain passes and amazing loch-side forest trails.

WILDLIFE

Hidden away on 38 tranquil acres beside the Lake of Menteith, the shore and woods around our cabins and lodges shelter a wealth of birdlife and other wildlife, including otters, deer, red squirrels and pine martens.

PHOTOGRAPHY

One of the most interesting things about taking photos around Lochend is the light that Scotland’s seasons offer. The view over the lake changes constantly. Check out which months bring new subjects for you to snap.

WELLNESS

This ancient piece of land we’re lucky to inhabit is a fabulous place to practice meditation or yoga on the lawn. Find out all the amazing places to relax and rejuvenate at Lochend.

WHAT TO DO ON HOLIDAY BESIDE THE LAKE

Away from the lake, but under a minute's stroll from the waterfront chalets, there is also the Nick Nairn Cook School, with its new summer resturant, run by our big brother, Nick. Running Thursday-Sunday during the summer, it offers indoor and outdoor seating and a family friendly menu.

Lochend is a wonderful place for families. In summer, the lake – very shallow for yards away from the shore – is always full of paddling toddlers and children with their fishing nets.

We have a play area, games room, tennis court, nature trail, mountain-biking trail and trails bike skills area.

 I grew up at Lochend and have such happy memories of long, summer nights spent playing hide-and-seek and climbing trees with younger chalet guests when I was a child. So it’s always a thrill to see children roaming around Lochend today with oodles of newfound friends. Best of all, Lochend is a place where children and their parents can feel free.

HOLIDAYS AT LOCHEND CHALETS - MORE THINGS TO DO

Browse all the amazing things you can do when you enjoy a short break here on the Lake of Menteith. Stay on site or explore the local landscapes. Explore our national park, take a trip further afield, or use your holiday lodge as a base to tour around Scotland. Whatever your interests, there will always be something to keep you entertained and make memories that will last a lifetime.