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 water activities on the lake while you are here:
Getting out on the lake on holiday at Lochend
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.
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.
We have a rowing boat which can be hired by the hour (April to October; £10/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. It's the perfect water activity while on holiday at Lochend.
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 the Lake of Menteith Fisheries.
SAILING, KAYAKING, CANOEING, STAND UP PADDLEBOARDING.
Guests are welcome to bring their own kayak, SUP, etc by arrangement, but please call to discuss disinfecting before launching so we can ensure the lake stays healthy.
Yes, skating! From time to time, the lake completely freezes over, thick enough for the brave to skate on. The most recent was a few days in February 2021. And in 2009/2010 it froze for several weeks, and locals and 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.
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 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