Field Sports in our area

We’ve happily joined some of VisitScotland Welcome Schemes, one of which is to welcome people interested in field sports. Growing up here in the 70’s and 80’s we were bordering on the self sufficient thanks to Dad and the boys, Topher and Nick shooting and Mum and Dad’s gardening expertise. So whilst Lochend is now a […]

What’s on Locally in July

Hand-picked local events by the Lochend team, based on things we love 😍 28/6-2/7/17, through the day Edinburgh Film Festival World renown festival’s in Scotland’s capital kicks off with the Film Festival. Close to Victoria’s heart this is an extravaganza, from documentaries to world premiere’s, most notably, for me, this year Stanley Tucci bring his newest directorial […]

The Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology

This is VisitScotland’s of ‘History, Heritage and Archaeology’ and for those of you that fancy visiting some special places, I’ll be posting some cracking days out near Lochend. Stirling Castle. Our great friends the Makay-Daltons were visiting from London and Pip and Lottie decided a day out at Stirling Castle was in order because the […]

What’s on Locally in June

Hand-picked local events by the Lochend team, based on things we love 😍 2-24/6/17 @ 11am – 7pm, various days Return to the Ridings The “Return to the Ridings” is a celebration of the riding of the boundaries that has taken place for centuries with 11 towns in the Scottish Borders using horses for the traditional ride […]

Bluebells down the Bike park

Having had what Ralph, Bunty’s boyfriend, thinks is a drout (and in Scotland that’s no far off it!) we had a down pour last weekend and then everything sprouted, not least these gorgeous seasonal wee flowers. Whilst also pulling weeds up on our monthly maintenance of the nature trail, the sun was being dappled by […]

Deux Chevaux Style

Our lovely customers in the Pine Lodge this week are enjoying the sunshine and seeing Scotland in style. I remember hankering after one of these for years. And Nick had a banana yellow one for a year or so in the 80’s!! Happy Days!  

What’s on locally in May

Hand-picked local events by the Lochend team, based on things we love 😍 The Highland Games start in Scotland in May and carry on into September, follow the link for all the listings. Because of our central location it is possible to day trip to a least one a month!!   4-15th May @ various times […]


Spring has properly sprung! , The lambs in the surrounding fields are all racing and jumping for joy, the Oyster catchers are trying to distract everybody away from their nest with the ‘oooo I’ve got a broken wing’ trick, The Ospreys are back fishing in the Lake and the fishermen are back fishing in the […]

What’s on Locally In April

Hand-picked events by the Lochend team for the month of April, based on things we love 😍 1-2/4/17 @ 10am-6pm on both days ‘Loch Lomond Springfest’. A festival grown from a celebration of local food and drink but now with festival arms and legs! Music, events lots to see and do. Balloch Free with some […]

The Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology

This is VisitScotlands year of ‘History, Heritage and Archaeology’ and for anybody interested in these topics I’ll be posting the odd  fantastically historical day out from Lochend. First Up: Rough Castle Fort on Antonies Wall. I was driving my Mum and Dad to a 90th birthday celebration at a venue near Kilsyth so they could […]