BIRD WATCHING AT LOCHEND CHALETS
There 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 become very familiar with the resident heron, who fishes right in front of the chalets, occasionally flying off across the bay, squawking in his pre-historic way.
Birding on holiday at the Lake of Menteith
As for the ducks, they were wild once, before they worked out it was easier just hanging around everybody’s patios waiting for bread! Meanwhile, we also have swans, elegantly gliding from Lochend to their nest in the reeds across the bay, as well as bullfinches and tree-creepers, long-tailed tits and goldfinches, cormorants and buzzards, goldeneyes and great crested grebes. Bird and bat boxes are dotted about all over Lochend; recycled bird-feeders on the front of each chalet are busy in spring and summer with the chatter of finches and tits.
Here is a full check-list of birds seen so far at Lochend – 94 and counting. We have bird books in each chalet to help you identify what you see, and we’ll be really excited if you can add to the list.
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Black headed Gull
Great Crested Grebe
Lesser Black-backed Gull
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 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 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 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 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
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 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 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 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 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.