Containing more water than all of the lakes and rivers of England and Wales combined, Scotland’s largest loch is 23 miles long, one mile wide, 754-feet deep, and is fed by no less than seven major rivers ...
... and it’s also home to a rather bashful monster.
While no one’s certain what the monster could be, (there are several theories, claiming it’s either a family of Plesiosaur, a giant squid or even a sturgeon fish) countless expeditions have tried and failed to get to the bottom of the mystery.
But there’s nothing stopping you having a go.
Get Out On the Water
Although Google Street View now offers users the opportunity to explore the surface of Loch Ness, it’s much better to bring the legend of Nessie to life by getting out from behind your computer screen and discovering its beauty by taking a cruise.
Once safely onboard, you can use the boat’s sonar equipment to look for hidden happenings beneath the water, soak up the breathtaking scenery and even hop off to explore Urquhart Castle, one of Scotland’s best-loved tourist attractions.
Explore Urquhart Castle
Indeed, Loch Ness isn’t all about Nessie, as there are various interesting attractions dotted around the shore to keep you entertained. One of the finest is Urquhart Castle, a stronghold dating back to the 13th century, which sits majestically on the bank of the loch.
One of the largest castles in Scotland, it was built on the site of an early medieval fortification and played a crucial role in the Wars of Scottish Independence. Nowadays, visitors can enjoy a state-of-the-art underground visitor centre and a stroll around the magnificent ruins.
Discover the Great Glen
Take a walk along the Great Glen, a series of glens stretching from the Moray Firth to Loch Linnhe, and learn more about the important role it played in controlling Jacobite uprisings in the 18th century.
Running for around 62 miles, the Great Glen Way is one of four Long Distance Routes in Scotland and offers plenty for the discerning thrill seeker. Whether it’s canoeing, mountain biking or walking, you’ll find it all in this most picturesque corner of the world.
Now it’s over to you ...
Have you visited Loch Ness? How did your nessie spotting go? What other areas would you suggest our readers visit in this wonderful location? Please let us know by leaving a comment below – we’d love to hear from you.
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Article by Paul