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Scotland's Loch Ness Monster and where to find it

Loch Ness Monster – is she real?

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Think of Scotland and you’ll probably think of the Loch Ness Monster - the country’s most famous resident is also the most elusive and mystical. Fleeting glimpses and unsubstantiated stories only murk the waters of truth further for those that seek the true story of the Loch Ness Monster.

Is there really a giant dragon-serpent-reptile-dinosaur monster living beneath the placid waters of Scotland’s longest loch (23 miles)? Who’s to say either way? Those that have set out to debunk the myth have been ignored almost as much as believers have been laughed about. All you’re required to know is that a good sense of humour and an open mind is all you need when visiting Loch Ness in search of its fabled beast.

The legend

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The legend of the Loch Ness Monster stretches as far back as the 6th century when a monk saw a man dragged below the surface by an unknown water beast. In 1933, an Aldie Mackay spotted a large whale-like creature in the loch – whilst others suggest that the creature is like a plesiosaurus. A plesiosaurus has a long neck, and flippers and lived during the Jurassic period of the age of the dinosaurs. Over 1,000 Nessie sightings have been recorded – perhaps most famous of which is ‘Surgeon’s Photograph’ from 1934 by George Edwards. A suspected hoax, the photo hasn’t been conclusively condemned and the truth of its creation is as elusive as the beast itself.

Go deeper

The Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition

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Along the shores of Loch Ness is the popular waterside village of Drumnadrochit where you can visit the Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition. Now over 30 years old, visitors have enjoyed the evolution of the centre into a hi-tech multi-media presentation showcase with seven areas. The legend of Nessie occupies centre-stage, but you can also learn more about the loch from its geology and up to 500 million years of history. You can find out about investigations into the existence of the monster and see underwater footage from some of the searches.

In 1987, there was an expedition to find Nessie – several boats lined up and scanned the loch with echolocating equipment – nowadays you can travel the length of the loch on tour boats where you can enjoy spectacular views across the water to Urquhart Castle. On some tours, you can scan the depths with onboard sonar equipment – imagine if you were the one to find Nessie! Deepscan Cruises is one such provider of the vessel that helps you discover the whereabouts of Scotland’s most mysterious monster. 

Something for the kids

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If your children have been bewitched by all things Nessie, buy them a copy of local author Frances Gilbert’s enchanting storybook ‘The Legend of the Loch Ness Monster’. It will keep them occupied on the journey to or from Scotland and turn them into monster hunting experts. 

Stay at a holiday cottage

Why not travel to Loch Ness this year and see if you can spot the Loch Ness Monster for yourself? Take a look on our website and see what we have available in and around the magical loch. We have lovely holiday homes in and around Loch Ness, as well as close by in Inverness and lots all over the Highlands, so browse our selection today!

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