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a super fluffy baby owl sleeps in a copper birch tree

BIRD WATCHING AT LOCHEND CHALETS

There 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 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. Bird-watching at Lochend becomes part of your every day while on holiday here.

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! We can provide more suitable food for them, if you want to make firm friends and look after them. Meanwhile, we also have swans, elegantly gliding from Lochend to their nest in the reeds across the bay, as well as oystercatchers, bullfinches and tree-creepers, long-tailed tits and goldfinches, cormorants, 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.

Some of you may have seen the 2020 series of Springwatch, which featured presenter Gordon Buchanan spotting a massive sea eagle while he was filming at Lochend, too. Chris carved a life-sized model bird out of wood for the show, which you can see on the shore; it's a big old bird!

Here is a full check-list of birds seen so far at Lochend – 95 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.

Barn Owl
Blue Tit
Canada Goose
Coal Tit
Common Tern
Corn Bunting
Dipper
Garden Warbler
Goldfinch
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Greylag Goose
Heron
House Sparrow
Kestrel Kingfisher
Linnet
Muscovy Duck
Mute Swan
Oystercatcher
Pheasant
Pink-footed Goose
Red-breasted Merganser
Robin
Sandpiper
Sea eagle
Skylark
Spotted Flycatcher
Swallow
Treecreeper
Whooper Swan
Willow Warbler

Blackbird
Bullfinch
Carrion Crow
Collared Dove
Coot
Cuckoo
Dunnock
Goldcrest
Goosander
Great Tit
Grey Wagtail
Hooded Crow
Jackdaw
Lapwing
Mallard
Mistle Thrush
Nuthatch
Partridge
Pied Wagtail
Pochard
Red Kite
Rook
Shag
Snipe
Sparrow hawk
Swift
Tree Sparrow
Widgeon
Woodcock

Black headed Gull
Buzzard
Chaffinch
Common Gull
Cormorant
Curlew
Fieldfare
Goldeneye
Great Crested Grebe
Greenfinch
Herring Gull
House Martin
Jay
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Meadow Pipit
Moorhen
Osprey
Peregrine
Pied Flycatcher
Raven
Redwing
Sand Martin
Siskin
Song Thrush
Starling
Tawny Owl
Tufted Duck
Willow Tit
Wood Pigeon

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

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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

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Star gazing

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

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Games Room

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

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Play Area

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

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Twitching

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

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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 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

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Tennis

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

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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

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Wildlife

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

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Photography

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

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Wellness

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

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HOLIDAYS AT LOCHEND CHALETS -MORE THINGS TO DO

Browse a selection of our favourite things to do when you enjoy a short break here on the Lake of Menteith. Stay on site or explore 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.