SHOPS & GALLERIES AROUND THE TROSSACHS
Home 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 Lochend
Deli Ecosse, Callander
This cracking deli is housed in a converted 19th century church hall just next to Callander’s Tourist Information Centre, and specialises in local cheeses, biscuits, preserves, chutneys and beers. Buy them to take home or eat them there and then beside the cosy log-burning stove in their delicious cafe.
Rhubarb Lime, Kippen
Excellent for local cheeses and preserves, this cute wee deli & cafe is also the best place in the Trossachs to buy wine, with a really impressive selection of high quality, European wines.
Woodhouse Cafe, nr Kippen
As well as selling Chris’s wood and some of the best lunches in the Trossachs, this wonderful, new deli & cafe sells beautiful gift cards, superb local cheeses, Scottish craft ales and loads of great cakes. It also has its own sweetie corner selling all sorts of fun, retro goodies.
Farmer’s Market, nr Kippen
A great wee Farmer’s Market takes place every Wednesday and Thursday (8am to 2pm) at Boquhan Estates, selling fab fruit, veg, meats and dairy produce.
Ten minutes down the road, the recently expanded Co-op is a friendly, one-stop shop that’ll cover most of your needs while at Lochend. Open daily until 10pm, it is also the closest place to buy a pint of milk!
The Aberfoyle Butcher
One of two butchers in Aberfoyle, The Aberfoyle Butcher supplied all the venison for the Queen’s 80th birthday lunch at Mansion House (cooked by our big brother Nick) and has a great reputation in these parts – cracking haggis.
Green Gallery, Buchlyvie
Worth visiting for the views over the Trossachs alone! This beautiful gallery in a converted byre in the hills above Buchylvie specialises in contemporary Scottish paintings and applied arts, and offers flexible interest free credit and deliveries at competitive rates.
Galleria Luti, Callander
This great wee gallery stocks Chris’s work, as well as paintings, ceramics, jewelry, mixed media work and cards. Family run, the gallery always offers the warmest of welcomes from Marsha and Sandie, while well known artist dad, Peter, also exhibits his own work here.
Scottish Wool Centre, Aberfoyle
The Scottish Wool Centre has a huge selection of woollen cardies and jumpers, as well as a cute wee crafty gift shop out back. And if you’re here with kids, make sure you catch the daily sheep dog demos, rare breeds farm and birds of prey display.
The Lodge, Aberfoyle
This flagship Forestry Commission visitor centre has a fab cafe, walks galore and a GoApe high ropes adventure course, but make sure you don’t miss the great, wee giftshop, which stocks lots of Scottish products, including coffee books, tartan rugs and bags.
A graduate of Grays School of Art in Aberdeen, potter extraordinaire Alison Borthwick has a fab, wee pottery shop and cafe on Buchylvie high street just 10 minutes from Lochend, selling her beautiful, handmade tableware and ceramic jewellery.
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.