TROSSACHS FAMILY ACTIVITIES
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 drive to pedal around. 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 a flying fox. Best of all, Aberfoyle play park lies right next to National Cycle Route 7, so kids can cycle up and down quite safely 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, up the hillout of the village. 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 play parks. The first is on Callander Meadows, wedged between the River Teith (a nice 15-minute walking 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.
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 6-13.
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 assault course, and also offers SUP sessions, 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 the rest of our activities 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, AberfoyleHidden away among the towering pines at The Lodge in Aberfoyle, Scotland’s first ever 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. This is…
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 hubs, and can be picked up anywhere…
TROSSACHS DISTILLERIES There 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 a £4.50…
TROSSACHS FAMILY ACTIVITIESWe 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 drive to pedal around. However, if you’re here with children, there is tonnes of…
Forest Visitor Centre
THE LODGE TROSSACHS VISITOR CENTRE IN THE QUEEN ELIZABETH FOREST PARK Less than 15 minutes from Lochend, The Lodge is the Forestry Commission’s flagship Trossachs visitor centre, and a place we’ve been going to as a family for years. It’s somewhere our guests really love.Cafe, gift shop, GoApe adventure course and walks galoreThe Lodge visitor centre itself…
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 Lochend Chalets. Being so centrally located means that St Andrew’s, Troon, Muirfield and Turnberry are all easily reached from Lochend, but here are a half-dozen or so really excellent courses closer…
PONY TREKKING IN THE TROSSACHSCastle Rednock Trekking Centre, Port of MenteithWe’re really lucky to have this excellent Trossachs horse riding 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…
Shops & Galleries
TROSSACHS SHOPS & GALLERIES Home to fantastic foodie produce and a burgeoning arts scene, the Trossachs is full of great wee delis, craft shops and galleries. It would be impossible to list them all, but here are some of our favourite Trossachs shops and galleries, all within a 20-minute drive of Lochend. I’ve also listed a few…
SIGHTSEEING AROUND THE TROSSACHSThe Trossachs form the heart of Rob Roy’s old stomping ground, and the glens and bens beyond Lochend are absolutely packed with historical interest. It would take too long to list all the castles and monuments, historic villages and boat trips in the area, but we’ve picked out a few favourites for…
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…
BEST TROSSACHS WALKSThere are so many fantastic Trosscahs walks right on our doorstep (the excellent walkhighlands.co.uk website 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:Trossachs walks for all levelsEASY The Lodge: various lengthsLess than…
DINING AROUND THE TROSSACHSThe Trossachs have made a name for themselves in foodie circles, with amazing produce – venison, lamb, Highland wagyu beef, 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…
HOLIDAYS LOCHEND CHALETS - MORE THINGS TO DO AT
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.