Wildlife

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 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 it, and now congregate on the lawn and shore awaiting new arrivals! Specially formulated duck food (along with bird seed) can be purchased from reception.

Wildlife on holiday at the Lake of Menteith

As for mammals, pine marten 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. 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 new 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 recently rehoused from Ayrshire, who can often be seen at dusk, pootling about Lochend or along the nature trail, close to the special hedgehog boxes we made 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, 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.