PHOTOGRAPHY AT LOCHEND CHALETS
Perhaps one of the most interesting things about taking photos around Lochend is the light that Scotland’s seasons offer. 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 snapped from our jetty.
Every month brings a new subject:
• January: frost and cobwebs in the field and down the nature trail.
• February: snowdrops and mist and the most 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, like bouncing lambs and the return of George and George the Lochend oystercatchers.
• April: for the last 4 years April has 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 May, and also when 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 lake making stone sculptures is a fine way to find action in your photography.
• August: Our hostas are in full bloom at this time, hoglets 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: navy blue skies and horizontal rain…what’s not to love?!
• December: days are really drawing in, with it often getting dark at 3.30pm. Cosy fires, indoor family games, 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 and it’s new summer restaurant, 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
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
Stargazing at Clatteringshaws Loch, Galloway Forest Park – the UK’s first Dark Sky Park, Dumfries and Galloway. Picture Credit : P. Tomkins / VisitScotlandNIGHT SKIES AT LOCHEND CHALETSAlthough we do not have dark skies status, too near the big cities, we still have wonderfully unpolluted skies that on a clear night have just the most
GAMES ROOM AT LOCHEND CHALETSStage of many a keenly contested family grudge match, the 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 AT LOCHEND CHALETSSheltered beside an ancient oak tree just back from the lake, our play area for littluns has a wooden play-boat that is always a real hit with young guests – not to mention their parents, who often find their inner child here at Lochend! The Lochend play area also has a
BIRD WATCHING AT LOCHEND CHALETSThere is a fabulous array of birds to be seen at Lochend, from the ospreys which fish in the lake all summer to the tawny owls who nest each year in the giant Douglas fir at the bend in the drive. Guests in our chalets, cabins and lodges beside the lake
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 water activities on the lake while you are here:Getting out on the lake on holiday at LochendPADDLINGThe lake shelves incredibly gently away from the shore, so
TENNIS AT LOCHEND CHALETSWe have a full-sized concrete tennis court at Lochend (we supply rackets but not balls) – stage of many a week-long, family Wimbledon!Play tennis on holiday in the TrossachsThe Lochend tennis court is also a great place for impromptu games of cricket or football-tennis, or simply just to meet and mess about
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. It’s popular with road bikers, and is packed with fantastic off-road cycle and mountain-biking routes
TROSSACHS 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 Trossachs wildlife and all sorts of birdlife.Perhaps the star at Lochend is the humble mallard. They were wild once, but know a good thing when they see
PHOTOGRAPHY AT LOCHEND CHALETSPerhaps one of the most interesting things about taking photos around Lochend is the light that Scotland’s seasons offer. 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 AT LOCHEND CHALETSThis ancient piece of land we’re lucky to inhabit is a fabulous place to practise meditation or indeed yoga on the lawn. Last year we had a wonderful family from China and every morning he would practise Tai-Chi in the tennis court. You’re free to do your personal meditation or yoga-style activity