Introducing virtual tours of Loch Ness...

...this great clip from the people at Google Maps explains their motivation in mapping Loch Ness for the internet audience, as well as giving you a little taster of what you can expect when you explore the area online with their amazing over and underwater tours of Loch Ness.

Can’t Wait to Visit Loch Ness? Use Google Maps to Hunt for the Monster!

According to the people from Google Maps, there are more searches for Loch Ness than there are for any other UK visitor destination, including Buckingham Palace – which is why this year they decided it was time to give Google map users a unique opportunity to explore the area online

Underwater Virtual Tours Help With Global Nessie Hunt

Working in partnership with a team from Catlin Seaview Survey, Google Maps have put together an exciting 360 degree image library of the Loch, offering internet users the chance to discover the Loch’s locale and even search beneath the surface for our magical mythical (or is she?) monster!

While we believe that the best way to search for Nessie is with a Loch Ness holiday, we also understand that some of you might be impatient to start exploring – and the recent Loch Ness map update on Google is a great way to whet your appetite for a little bit of Highland adventure.

Announcing the changes to how map users are able to explore Loch Ness on their official blog, the people from Google explained: “To take you on a tour of what lies beneath, our partners at the Catlin Seaview Survey dived deep under the surface of the lake, collecting imagery along the way. You can imagine Nessie nestling within these dark, peat-filled waters, waiting for the right moment to breach the surface into the Scottish sunlight above.”

Virtual Tours Whet Appetites for Highland Holidays

Want to search for Nessie online before you book a Loch Ness break? Head over to Loch Ness on Google Maps and take a look around – oh, and don’t miss the special Street View icon in the bottom left of the screen, which has turned from its normal yellow self into a familiar Highland form for this virtual tour of Loch Ness!