Photography

PHOTOGRAPHY AT LOCHEND CHALETS

Perhaps one of the most interesting things about shooting photos around Lochend is the light that  Scotland’s season offers. Even snapping on our phones, we are aware of the quite amazing shore  views giving, in one picture, a perfect summing up of the Trosscahs… the Menteith Hills  (Scotland’s Fault line that divides lowland and highland Scotland, Ben Lomond and the eternally  changing water and sky! All led to by our rickety jetty! 

But every month brings a new subject: 

• January: frost and cobwebs in the field and down the nature trail 

• February: snowdrops and mist and the mostly likely time for a snow dump • March: the change in light in this month is phenomenal, it’s what heralds spring for us, and so  fabulous subject matter appears, lambs and the return of ‘George and George’ the Oyster  Catchers

• April: this has for the last 4 years brought the best weather and although the water is still cold  the skies can be clear blue. 

 • May: Bluebells and 100’s of different greens as the leaves on the trees begin to unfurl is mind  blowing and the setting sun casts long shadows off the trees. 

 • June: The 21st is the summer solstice and we have taken pictures here without flash at  midnight! The yellow on the broom (whin) is vibrant at this time. 

• July: the water has warmed by this time and splashing around in the water making stone  sculptures is a fine way to find action in your photography. 

 • August: Our hostas are in full bloom at this time, hog lets are being born and, outwith  pandemic shut down, the Edinburgh fringe festival is great to photograph 

• September: this is the best time for constantly fiery sunsets and spectacular fungi! • October: this is my favourite light to photograph the buildings at Lochend. If you get a sunny  day in October, it has the most fantastic warmth to it. 

• November: Being light, navy blue skies and horizontal rain…what’s not to love! • December: days are really drawing in, often dark at 3.30pm. Cosy fires and some times ice on  the lake.

MORE ACTIVITIES AT LOCHEND CHALETS

Nick Nairn Cook School

NICK NAIRN COOK SCHOOLWithin the grounds of Lochend, in what was once the estate piggery, lies the acclaimed Nick Nairn Cook School, run by our big brother, Nick Nairn. Fun, informal, and fuelled by some of Nick’s favourite wines, the Nick Nairn Cook School offers a brilliant day out, with a huge variety of amazingly

Fishing

FISHING AT LOCHEND CHALETSThe Lake of Menteith is one of Scotland’s premier trout fishing waters, frequently hosting fly-fishing national and World Championship events. The lake is stocked with 30,000 fish every year, all over 1lb in weight, and draws anglers from across Scotland and beyond. Guests in our waterside lodges and chalets often comment that

Massage

MASSAGE AT LOCHEND CHALETSWho needs whale music when you can have a massage with the quack of ducks paddling about in the lake beside your chalet? Jane Baron (pictured on the right) is back in action this year! With a full body massage, in your chalet, for £35 for an hour. She has looked after

Games Room

GAMES ROOM AT LOCHEND CHALETSStage of many a keenly contested family grudge match, our games room is a great place for young guests to hang out with newfound pals. Housed in its own separate chalet just next to the tennis court, the games room has a table-tennis table (bats and ball are provided in each

Play Area

PLAY AREA AT LOCHEND CHALETSSheltered 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 – not to mention their parents! The play area also has a

Twitching

BIRD WATCHING AT LOCHEND CHALETSThere is a fabulous array of birds to be seen at Lochend, from the Ospreys who fish in the lake all summer to the Tawny Owls who nest each year in the giant Scots Pine at the bend in the drive. Guests in our chalets, cabins and lodges beside the lake

Water Fun

WATER FUN AT LOCHEND CHALETSStretching out in front of our chalets, cabins and lodges, the lake dominates life at Lochend. Here are some of the ways you can enjoy the lake while you are here:Getting out on the lake on holiday at LochendPADDLING The lake shelves incredibly gently away from the shore, so it’s brilliant

Tennis

TENNIS AT LOCHEND CHALETSWe have a full-sized concrete court at Lochend (we supply rackets but not balls) – stage of many a weeklong, family Wimbledon!Play tennis on holiday in the TrossachsThe tennis court is also a great place for impromptu games of cricket, football-tennis, basketball (there is a net and board at one end), or

Bikes At Lochend

BIKES AT LOCHEND CHALETS“This would be an amazing place to stay and train,” said Tour de France-winner, Chris Froome when he stayed at Lochend as a teenager. He’s right: Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National park is a cycler’s paradise, packed with fantastic off-road cycle and mountain-biking routes over mountain passes and lochside forest trails.Bike-tastic

Wildlife

WILDLIFE AT LOCHEND CHALETSHidden 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 all sorts of other wildlife. Perhaps the star at Lochend is the humble mallard! They were wild once, but know a good thing when they see

Photography

PHOTOGRAPHY AT LOCHEND CHALETSPerhaps one of the most interesting things about shooting photos around Lochend is the light that  Scotland’s season offers. Even snapping on our phones, we are aware of the quite amazing shore  views giving, in one picture, a perfect summing up of the Trosscahs… the Menteith Hills  (Scotland’s Fault line that divides

Wellness

WELLNESS AT LOCHEND CHALETSThis ancient piece of land we’re lucky to inhabit is a fabulous place to practice meditation or indeed yoga on the lawn and last year we had a wonderful family from China and every morning  he would practice Tai-Chi in the tennis court! But even just rowing into the middle of the

MORE THINGS TO DO AT LOCHEND CHALETS

With so much on offer at Lochend Chalets we have listed our favourite things to do for you. Browse all the amazing things you can do when you enjoy a short break ta The Lake of Menteith. Stay on site or explore the local landscapes. Take a day trip somewhere further afield or use your holiday lodge as a base to tour around Scotland. Whatever you want to do there will always be something to keep you entertained and make memories that will last a lifetime.