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 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 home – including Ryder Cup host in 2014, Gleneagles.
A great base for a golf holiday in Scotland
Royal Aberfoyle, as locals affectionately nickname this lovely wee 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 a real bargain at £20 per round, 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 £75 in winter, rising to £185 at the height of summer.
Wonderfully forgiving, this lovely 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; £15 a round, bargain!
Strathendrick, nr Drymen
Designed by four-times Open runner-up, Willie Fernie in 1901, this cute but challenging 9-hole course snakes along the banks of the River Endrick, with awesome views of Ben Lomond and the Campsie Fells. £10 in winter, £15 in summer – great fun.
A lovely, wooded, parkland course with stunning views of Ben Ledi, only 15 minutes from Lochend. 5,208 yards; par 66; £15 in winter, £30 in summer.
Stirling Golf Club
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; £20 winter, £40 summer.
Bannockburn, nr Stirling
It’s not the most beautiful golf course in Scotland, but this is a cracking golf centre for beginners and younger golfers, with a 9-hole Par 3 course (£4 winter, £6 summer), a 9-hole course (£6 winter, £12 summer) and driving range (50 balls £4.40).
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. Green fees in winter are a bargain at £45, and even the summer green fee of £85 is a relative snip for such a posh, 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, 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.