Water Fun

WATER FUN AT LOCHEND CHALETS

Stretching 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 Lochend

PADDLING

The lake shelves incredibly gently away from the shore, so it’s brilliant for paddling. Youngsters at Lochend spend hours splashing about with fishing nets in the shallows in front of the waterfront cabins and lodges. There is a lovely sandy patch just in front of the chalets, but even so, water shoes can offer handy protection against stones.

 

SWIMMING

Wonderfully clean, the lake is a wild-swimmer’s holiday dream. For most, the 150m or so out to the crannog (the remains of a circular house built on raised stone bases as a refuge from invaders) is far enough, but for really keen swimmers, Inchmahome – a magical five-acre island carpeted in bluebells towards the end of May and site of haunting 13th century priory ruins – is almost exactly one mile away.

 

ROWING

We have a rowing boat which can be hired by the hour (April to October; £5/hour), and guests can pootle about the various islands and beaches dotted around the lake. There is also a heronry you can row to just across the bay, and in summer ospreys will sometimes dive right near the boat for trout.

 

FISHING

The Lake of Menteith is one of Scotland’s premier trout fishing waters. We have two boats (and tackle) at Lochend that can be booked in advance through Chris (07712 596604), or you can rent boats and tackle just a mile up the road at Menteith Fisheries.

 

SAILING, KAYAKING & CANOEING

Guests are welcome to bring sailing dinghies by arrangement, but please call to discuss disinfecting before launching so we can help keep the lake healthy.

 

SKATING

Yes, skating! It’s been five years now since the lake last froze, but for months over winter our guests had amazing fun walking and skating on the lake – even walking all the way over to Inchmahome Priory then back to their chalet via a pint at the Lake of Menteith Hotel.

 

SKIMMING STONES

Always a family favourite: mind the swimmers and ducks though! Then if you get really good (and you’re here in September) the World Stone Skimming championships is two-and-a-half hours away on the beautiful Inner Hebridean island of Easdale.

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

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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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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 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

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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

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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, packed with fantastic off-road cycle and mountain-biking routes over mountain passes and lochside forest trails.Bike-tastic

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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

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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

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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

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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.