FAMILY ACTIVITIES AROUND THE TROSSACHS
We have our own wee play park right here beside the lake, right in front of the log cabins. And in many ways Lochend is one giant play park, with trees to climb, a lake to paddle in, our quiet drive to pedal. However, if you’re here with children, there is tonnes of family-friendly stuff to do just a short drive from Lochend, in the villages and towns around Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park.
On holiday with children in the Trossachs
Aberfoyle; 5 miles
This wee village has the nearest play park to Lochend, with a good selection of the usual slides, swings and Flying Foxes. Best of all, Aberfoyle play park lies right next to National Cycle Route 7, so kids can cycle up and down quite safely for miles on the tarmac disused railway. It’s also just next door to the Scottish Wool Centre, which has daily sheep dog demos, a rare breeds farm and birds of prey display.
While in Aberfoyle, parents with children should also try The Lodge. As well as their Red Squirrel hide, GoApe high ropes adventure course, wildlife exhibits, cafe and gift shop, The Lodge has imaginative ‘natural play’ areas – den-building, brush maze and water guddling – dotted about a pretty, tot-sized loop down to an impressive waterfall.
Callander; 11 miles
This Gateway to the Trossachs – location for Dr Finlay’s Casebook – has two nice wee play parks. The first is on Callander Meadows, wedged between the River Teith (a nice 15-minute loop takes you out along the river via a couple of natural pools where Callander kids swim in summer) and a crazy golf course and cafe. The second is at the other end of town, just behind Camp Place, and has a bigger park area for kicking balls, plus things like Flying Foxes that will appeal to older kids.
Thornhill; 7 miles
Another cute play park next to the football pitch at Thornhill, with a great wee trials bike trail nearby for children aged about six to 13.
Stirling; 16 miles
Easily the best play park in the area is in Stirling, just next to the public tennis courts and pitch-and-putt course in King’s Park. Take bikes and scooters, because there’s also a cool skate park. To get there, drive into Stirling on the A811, and turn right at the first two mini-roundabouts beneath the castle; drive up past the Stirling Golf Course, and turn right at the next two mini-roundabouts, parking up alongside the park railings.
In Stirling, The Peak is a spectacular £27 million leisure centre with amazing climbing walls, a swimming pool with kids area, an ice-skating rink, cafe and bar.
In Callander, McLaren Leisure Centre has an indoor swimming pool, climbing wall, soft play, and a sports hall that can be rented out fairly cheaply by section for badminton and football.
About one hour north of Lochend (you could pop in to Gleneagles on your way back for a cup of tea!), Perth’s swimming pool has flumes, whirlpools, an outdoor lagoon and wave machine.
Closer to home, The Time Capsule has multiple flumes, a Tsunami wave pool, a huge tipping bucket and lazy river with rapids at the end.
For outdoor water fun, Go Country is an awesome water park on Loch Ard, a beautiful loch 20 minutes west of Lochend. It has giant inflatable icebergs to jump off, and also offers kayaking, climbing, abseiling, gorge walking and mountain-biking.
A retail and leisure extravaganza right on the loch’s southern shores, Loch Lomond Shores has cafes, restaurants, shops, a visitor centre, SeaLife aquarium, bird of prey centre, TreeZone aerial adventure course, minigolf, and if that wasn’t enough, cruises on the Maid of the Loch paddle steamer!
WALKING & CYCLING
Have a look at our pages on what to do around the Trossachs for detailed information and recommendations on family-friendly outings in Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, from walking and cycling to pony-trekking and sightseeing.
MORE ACTIVITIES AROUND THE TROSSACHS
EXTREME SPORTS AROUND THE TROSSACHSHigh-ropes adventure course & zip-wire, Aberfoyle Hidden away among the towering pines at The Lodge in Aberfoyle, Scotland’s first Go Ape is also its most spectacular, with two of Britain’s longest zip wires, both over 400m long and 150ft high, whizzing thrillseekers aged 10+ over a beautiful 90ft waterfall.The best adventure
CYCLING AROUND THE TROSSACHSThe Trossachs are criss-crossed by an endless network of cycle routes, from gentle, lochside trundles to full-on Danny Macaskill type single-track descents. Running right through the heart of the Trossachs and its lochs, National Cycle Route 7 passes through Aberfoyle and Callander, our two closest towns, and can be picked up anywhere
DISTILLERIES AROUND THE TROSSACHSThere are two excellent distilleries within a half hour of Lochend, however, one of the best whisky experiences lies only a 20-minute walk from the chalets. With several local whiskies in its cosy Port Bar, and a Malt Vault with more than 35 single malts from the Highlands & Islands (everything from
FAMILY ACTIVITIES AROUND THE TROSSACHSWe have our own wee play park right here beside the lake, right in front of the log cabins. And in many ways Lochend is one giant play park, with trees to climb, a lake to paddle in, our quiet drive to pedal. However, if you’re here with children, there is
Forest Visitor Centre
LODGE FOREST VISITOR CENTRE IN THE TROSSACHSLess than 15 minutes from Lochend, The Lodge is the Forestry Commission’s flagship visitor centre, and a place we’ve been going to as a family for years. It’s somewhere our guest really love.Cafe, gift shop, GoApe adventure course and walks galoreThe Lodge itself has a whole room dedicated to
GOLFING AROUND THE TROSSACHSGolf was invented in Scotland, so it’s little wonder we’ve got so many great golf courses within a pitching wedge of the chalets. Being so centrally located means that St Andrew’s, Troon, Muirfield and Turnberry are all easily reached from Lochend, but here are half-dozen or so really excellent courses closer to
PONY TREKKING IN THE TROSSACHSCastle Rednock Trekking Centre, Port of Menteith We’re really lucky to have this excellent stables only 5 minutes from Lochend. Catering for riders of all abilities aged 4+, this friendly riding centre offers pony-trekking, Segway-treks, orienteering and quad pods, where children as young as three can be towed around the beautiful
Shops & Galleries
SHOPS & GALLERIES AROUND THE TROSSACHSHome to fantastic foodie produce and a burgeoning arts scene, the Trossachs are full of great wee delis, craft shops and galleries. It would be impossible to list them all, but here are some of our favourites, all within about a 20-minute drive of Lochend.The best shops and galleries near
SIGHTSEEING AROUND THE TROSSACHSThe Trossachs for the heart of Rob Roy’s old stomping ground, and the glens and bens beyond Lochend are absolutely packed with historical interest. It is impossible to list all the castles and monuments, historic villages and boat trips in the area, but we’ve picked out a few favourites, all within a
SCENIC DRIVES AROUND THE TROSSACHSIf the Trossachs are God’s own hiking and biking country, they’re also where He’d take a Sunday drive! Our own lake road (B8034 from Port of Menteith) is one of the most beautiful, twisting and turning along the Lake of Menteith, with roe deer often seen nibbling the banks beside the
WALKING AROUND THE TROSSACHSThere are so many fantastic walks right on our doorstep (the excellent walkhighlands has route descriptions and maps for more than 90 walks in Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park alone) it’s almost impossible to pick out a few, but here goes:Walks for all levels in the TrossachsEASY The Lodge;
DINING AROUND THE TROSSACHSThe Trossachs have made a real name for themselves in foodie circles, with amazing produce – venison, lamb, award-winning yoghurts and cheeses – and some really fabulous cafes and restaurants. Here are some of our favourite places for a taste of the Trossachs, all within about a half-hour drive of our chalets.Cafes
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.