Thousands of visitors come to Loch Ness every year for the beautiful scenery and to catch a glimpse of the Loch’s famous resident, but there is more to Loch Ness than mountains and monsters! We have put together 10 interesting facts about Loch Ness that you may not have heard of…
Who Knew? Fun-tastical Facts About Loch Ness
1. Loch Ness contains more water than all the lakes of England and Wales combined – but it’s not Scotland’s biggest Loch (that’s Loch Lomond) or deepest Loch (that’s Loch Morar).
2. It’s only 6 degrees Celsius “warm” all year round – so if you’re a fan of open water swimming, you might want to look elsewhere for a dip! This also means though, that even in winter Loch Ness never freezes over and on very cold winter days you can see steam rising from the surface of the Loch, as it is warmer than the surrounding air!
3. Loch Ness is part of the Caledonian Canal, which was built in the 19th century to allow ships to make their way from the North Sea to the Atlantic without having to face the dangers of the Pentland Firth.
4. The waters of Loch Ness are very dark due to the peat washed from the hills into the Loch – perfect cover for any creatures that might be living in the depths!
5. Loch Ness only has one island, the tiny “Cherry Island” near Fort Augustus – it’s an artificial island called a “crannog”, which was built during the Iron Age.
6. Loch Ness was once watched over by Scotland’s smallest manned lighthouse – Bona Lighthouse. The lighthouse keeper used to put a lantern in his window to guide ships from Loch Ness into Loch Dochfour. Today Bona Lighthouse has been restored and is available as a holiday home.
7. Before modern roads were built along the shores of Loch Ness, people travelled along the Loch by Paddle Steamer. A boat trip is still the best way to experience Loch Ness, you can either choose a leisurely cruise or a thrill-seeking trip on a RIB!
8. Did you know the first ever Nessie sighting was way back in 565AD by St Columba? According to legend, the Irish monk’s servant was attacked by a “water beast”, although the attack is said to have happened on the River Ness rather than the Loch itself.
9. One of our favourite facts about Loch Ness, is that you can use Google Earth to look for Nessie under the surface of the Loch! Give it a try!
10. Loch Ness lies in the Great Glen faultline and seismic activity has been recorded, although earthquakes in the area tend to be minor.
So there you have it. 10 little known facts about Loch Ness and the elusive Loch Ness Monster. If you are planning on visiting Loch Ness, be sure to take a look at the amazing things to do in Loch Ness (besides searching for Nessie of course) and all the wonderful Loch Ness Accommodation options available.