GOLFING AROUND THE TROSSACHS
Golf 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 to home – including Ryder Cup host in 2014, Gleneagles.
A great base for a golf holiday in Scotland
LOCAL TROSSACHS GOLF COURSES
Royal Aberfoyle, as locals affectionately nickname this lovely wee Trossachs golf course, isn’t the longest course (par 66; 5,158 yards), but what it lacks in length, in more than makes up for in natural beauty, really interesting course design and devilish difficulty – not to mention ball-gobbling heather! It’s inexpensive and only 10 minutes from Lochend.
It’s not cheap, but how often do you get to play a Ryder Cup golf course only 40 minutes from your self-catering lakeside chalet?! Jack Nicklaus’s PGA Centenary Course is the one to target if you want to play the 2014 Ryder Cup course, but the King’s Course is for our money, a better course, with the Queen’s Course not far behind. Green fees start at £100.
Wonderfully forgiving, this lovely inexpensive course is only about 15 minutes from Lochend, with mighty views from nearly every fairway over the Trossachs and Fintry Hills. Par 72; 5,840 yards.
Designed by four-times Open runner-up, Willie Fernie in 1901, this cute but challenging 9-hole course won't break the bank and snakes along the banks of the River Endrick, with awesome views of Ben Lomond and the Campsie Fells.
A lovely, wooded, parkland Trossachs golf course with stunning views of Ben Ledi, only 15 minutes from Lochend. 5,208 yards; par 66. Not expensive.
Undulating around the one-time royal hunting grounds of Kings Park, this spectacular course has amazing views east to the castle and west across an array of Trossachs summits including Ben Ledi and Ben Lomond. 6,187 yards; par 72. The fees won't leave you broke.
Weaving along the bonny banks of Loch Lomond, The Carrick is one of Scotland’s newest and most challenging golf courses – and we reckon it’s one of the most spectacular. It's not cheap, but not ridiculous prices either for a very smart Par-71 course with such a magnificent setting, gazing across the loch to Ben Lomond.
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 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.