We all know about Nessie, the Loch Ness monster, but the famous Scottish Loch has got many other myths and legends to offer… We have found a few surprising Loch Ness facts, stories and history for you that you may not have heard of yet!
The “Witches’ Rock” on the shores of Loch Ness
According to local legend and Scottish folklore, in days gone by two powerful witches lived on opposite shores of Loch Ness and they were constantly arguing and fighting with each other. Eventually they started throwing rocks across the Loch and one of them landed just on the shoreline near the Clansman Harbour, where it can be seen to this day.
You can catch a Loch Ness cruise from the Clansman Harbour to discover more about Loch Ness and its mysteries!
Dun Bonnet’s Cave
Made famous by the Outlander TV series, this well-hidden cave on the South Side of Loch Ness is said to have been the home of the Jacobite fugitive “Dun Bonnet” (named after his distinctive hat) after the battle of Culloden. Dun Bonnet (or James Fraser!) lived in the cave for seven years and was looked after by the locals, who only referred to him by his nickname in order to not alert the redcoats to his presence. Find out more about the cave in our blog…
The Wellington Bomber
During the days of World War Two a Wellington bomber aircraft was on a training flight over Loch Ness when it developed engine trouble and the crew had to bail out. The bomber sunk to the bottom of the Loch and was not recovered until 1985. Surprisingly it had been so well preserved by the waters of the Loch that all electrics were still in working order! The restored aircraft can now be seen at Brooklands Museum in England.
Elephants of Loch Ness
Of all the theories that explain sightings of the Loch Ness Monster throughout the years, one of the more unusual ones was made a few years ago by a Scottish palaeontologist – he believes the famous “three humps” could have been elephants swimming in the Loch! Apparently travelling circuses were common in the area from the 1930’s onwards and they used to rest near Loch Ness and allow their animals to have a refreshing swim – the elephants’ trunk, head and back may have been the three humps!
And finally a fact about our famous Loch you may find surprising – did you know that during the many searches for the elusive Nessie, scientists and researchers have found no trace or evidence of the monster yet, but they did find thousands and thousands of golf balls! The Loch Ness monster legend lives on.