The Other Myths and Legends Surrounding Loch Ness

Surprising Loch Ness Facts and Stories

We all know about Nessie, but Loch Ness isn’t all about monsters. 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 that you may not have heard of yet!

Early morning on Loch Ness in Scotland

The “Witches’ Rock”

According to local legend, two powerful witches lived on opposite shores of Loch Ness in days gone by. They were constantly arguing and fighting with each other. Eventually, they started throwing rocks across the Loch. One of them landed just on the shoreline near the Clansman Harbour, where you can see it 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

Woods near Foyers in Scotland

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.

The Wellington Bomber

During the days of World War Two, a Wellington bomber aircraft was on a training flight over Loch Ness. But it developed engine trouble and the crew had to bail out. The bomber sunk to the bottom of the Loch where it remained until 1985. Surprisingly, when it was recovered, it was so well preserved by the water, that all electrics were still in working order! You can now see the restored aircraft at Brooklands Museum in England.

Elephants of Loch Ness

Urquhart Castle as seen from Loch Ness lake in the Highlands of Scotland

Of all the theories that explain sightings of the Loch Ness Monster throughout the years, this is one of the more unusual ones.  A Scottish palaeontologist claimed that the famous “three humps” could have been elephants swimming in the Loch! Apparently, travelling circuses were common in the area from the 1930s 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!

Golf Balls Aplenty

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.