What’s On Locally in March

Hand-picked events by the Lochend team for the month of February, based on things we love 😍


2/3/17 @ 8PM

‘McGoldrick, McCusker, Doyle’.

Three of the finest Celtic musicians, flute fiddle and guitar, have a very amiable get together and you get to watch the magic!

Tolbooth Theatre, Stirling



Until the 19/3/17 @ 10.30AM-5PM
Black and White-Forth Valley College Group’

Young college students from Forth Valley college sharing their portfolio work. Come and see emerging talent, pictures in the cafe so grabb a cuppa when your there. And also on until the 19th is the Saturday Sketch group exhibits in gallery 1.

Smith Gallery and Museum, Stirling



10/3/17 @ 8PM

‘Tony Law – A Law Undo His-Elf What Welcome’.

Gone is the Biggles moustache and beard but still as wickedly funny if you like your humour on the surreal side.

Tolbooth Theatre, Stirling



11 & 12/3/17 @ 9AM-5PM

‘MCN Scottish Motorcycle Show’

The Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston, Edinburgh.

Scotland’s biggest and best motorcycle show returns with all the latest models, major manufacturers, and breathe taking live action. Topher will be there!

£13/under 12’s free, per day


18/3/17 @ 9.30/10AM

‘Opening Day on the Lake’

The opening Day of the Lake of Menteith Fisheries, the main industry that keeps our water peaceful and tranquil, it’s an impressive sight, the boats all leave, a piper pipes and a speech or song is made by a local lady.

Lake Of Menteith Fisheries, North Shore of the Lake.



19.3.16 @ 6.30/7PM-9.30/10PM

‘Ostra Firewalk – Spring Equinox’

We have a colleague working with us who has been firewalking for a number of years and can heartily recommend this event for focusing the mind. No doubt you’ll meet the lovely Laura there!

£50 if 2 booking together/60 per adult.

What’s On Locally in February

Hand-picked events by the Lochend team for the month of February, based on things we love 😍


4/02/2017 @ 8PM

Traditional scots fiddle playing and some amazing harmonious singing. 4 girls from Orkney

Tolbooth Theatre, Stirling

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4/02/2017 @ 10am to 4pm

‘Introduction to greenwood working’

Workshop day learning about green wood and making something to take away.

Green Aspirations Scotland, Tir Na Nog, Balfron

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16/02/2017 & 23.2.17  @ 2-4pm

‘The Stories of Art’

Lectures starting with Pop and Dada and how it influenced Scottish artists like Joan Eardley.
Smith Art Gallery and Museum, Stirling

£6 per lecture

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February and March.

Scottish Snowdrop festival runs through February and March. This wonderful wee flower blankets swaths of ground and the closest place to visit them en masse is at Gargunnock House. They open their doors to let visitors appreciate them. It’s 25 mins from here and is free. And at Duntreath Castle, 30 mins from Lochend. But they are truly amazing up at Cambo Gardens in the East Neuk of Fife. You could make a day out, visit St Andrews and then work your way back along the East Neuk, a really well preserved coastline with Cambs Gardens 10 minutes from St Andrews.
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24/02/2017 @ 8pm

‘Rose Room’

Gypsy influenced jazz, fabulously funky, hugely talented Scottish group

Tolbooth Theatre, Stirling


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15th-26th February @ various times

‘Glasgow Film Festival’
Fabulous array of films in my favourite cinema in Scotland

Glasgow Film Theatre, Glasgow


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27th February @ 6pm

‘Kings of Leon’

Have loved them since the beginning! when they looked like Lynyrd Skynyrd!!

SSE Hydro, Glasgow


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Win £500 off your next stay at Lochend Chalets in our Video Diary competition. Never made a video before? Don’t worry! Use your phone, tablet, ipad or camera to experiment and put together a 2-minute movie of your Lochend Holiday (even better get the teens or kids to do it for you – they may end up as the next Spielberg…). It can be of any aspect of your holiday, be silly, serious, or both, but must include footage at Lochend.

Email us the mini-video or let us know where we can see it (for example, on YouTube). All entries to be in by the end of November 2017, please. We’ll pick out a winner in January 2018. The winner will receive a £500 Lochend Chalets holiday voucher, valid until the end of 2018. Videos should be sent to; click here for competition T&Cs.

What’s On Locally in January

Hand-picked events by the Lochend team for the month of January, based on things we love 😍


22/01/2017  @ 12-2pm
‘Revel with Rabbie’

Actors bringing to life Rabbie’s poetry in the magnificent grounds

Stirling Castle

Adults £14.50 Concession £11.60 Kids £8.70 performance included in the admission cost


22/01/2017 @ 10am-4pm

‘Hot Hatch Car Track Day’

Race your own car or a modified vehicle round the famous Knockhill race track.

Knockhill Race Circuit

£65 to race, Adults £6 Concession £4 to spectate


25/01/2017 @ 11am-12pm

‘Burns meets Tam O Shanter’
A spirited telling of one of Burns greatest works Tam O shanter, at full speed!

The Stirling Smith Gallery and Museum



25/01/2017 @ 7.30pm

‘Warren Miller: Here, There and Everywhere’

The MacRoberts Arts Centre, Bridge of Allan.

Documentary celebrating all things snowsports.



27/01/2017 @ 8pm

‘Popa Chubby’

Amazing blues musician full of character from the US of A.

The Tolbooth, Stirling.



27/01/2017 @ 10am-4.30pm

‘Nick’s French Love Affair’.

On our doorstep, the fabulous cook school’s classes are always enjoyed by our customers.

Nick Nairns Cook School at Port of Menteith.
£149 for the day.


28/01/2017 @ 11am to 2.30pm

‘Get Big Garden Birdwatch’.

RSPB Scotland Loch Lomond.

Make bird cakes, hanging feeders and get some hints and tips on garden bird identification.

Adult: £5, Child £2.50 (member’s discount: 20%)

Bunty’s Offerings

Not the best photos, but these are some of the things I’ve been making the last week. I’ve set up a wee workshop at home and starting to sell pieces on Etsy but if anyone’s interested, or if you’d like to commission something in particular, just let me know!  Hope you all like it x

Calling all Lavender Ducks

A few weeks ago we found a rather lovely looking pair of ducks who were jostling for food in amongst the Mallards, after a Facebook plea, the fabulously knowledgable Andrew MacGillivray (see you in a couple of weeks!) was able to tell us that they are Lavender Calling Ducks.


Boyhood dream!

Axel Dohmann and his family have been visiting Lochend Chalets since 1975 and although during our halceon childhood summer holidays of the 70’s and 80’s, when we made great rafts, ran table tennis tournaments, sailed and danced at many a ceilidh, Axel has been harbouring this romantic image that one day he too would be chief labourer at Lochend. (more…)