TROSSACHS WILDLIFE AT LOCHEND CHALETS
Hidden 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 it, and now congregate on the lawn and shore awaiting new arrivals who may feed them. Specially formulated duck food (along with bird seed) can be purchased from reception.
Trossachs wildlife on holiday at the Lake of Menteith
As for mammals, pine martens are regularly spotted loping across the lawn, especially first thing in the morning. First light is also a good time to spot roe and red deer: families of them sometimes trot about in front of the Log Cabins and in the field beside Coach House. Guests have also spotted hedgehogs, otters and mink, which were liberated from a farm near Kippen in the 70’s, and have found their way to our shores.
Occasionally, we get red squirrels at Lochend as well, but if you don’t see them here, you’re almost guaranteed to see them from the Red Squirrel Hide at The Lodge, another great place to see Trossachs wildlife. Only 10 minutes away in Aberfoyle. The Lodge has an excellent cafe and gift shop, as well as webcams onto local osprey nests, tonnes of information about local wildlife, a GoApe high-ropes adventure course, and miles and miles of waymarked footpaths through the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park.
Here at Lochend, we also have a Nature Trail that snakes alongside the Goodie Burn in the trees behind the tennis court and Nick Nairn Cook School. Kingfishers can been seen fishing along the river here, as can two hedgehogs we rehoused from Ayrshire, who can often be seen at dusk, pootling about Lochend or along the nature trail, close to the special hedgehog boxes an outdoor-education class from McLaren High School made, with Chris, for them.
For budding Attenboroughs, the lake shore provides hours of entertainment, with fry teeming in the shallows, always just out of reach of children’s fishing nets. As for micro-beasties: just peel back some bark, turn over a stone, and let the fun times begin, or visit our wee Bee & Beastie Hotel just next to the Games Room. Created for our visitors by students from the local high school, the Bee & Beastie Hotel is essentially a framework of bedding boxes – just let us know if you’d like to add one yourself, and we’ll get the tools and materials together for you.
We have books in each chalet to help you identify any birds or wild flowers you may meet while on holiday beside 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
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.