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Loch Ness, a place filled with mystery & legend

The first recorded sighting of the Loch Ness Monster (or Nessie as we like to call her) was in 565 AD. Nessie was said to appear from the deep Loch Ness waters, where she snatched up and ate a servant, before being forced back into the waters by St Columba.

Over the years, rumours spread far and wide about other such ‘strange events’ at Loch Ness. Many believed in the Kelpies and the Each Uisge (meaning ‘water horse’). These ancient Scottish myths about such water creatures contributed to the notion of a creature living in the depths of Loch Ness.

Join us for your holidays at Loch Ness (or Inverness and the surrounding area) and book a boat tour on Loch Ness to begin your very own exploration of the Loch Ness monster. Plus, if you want to know more about Nessie you can visit our Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition and Nessie Land.

Book A Loch Ness Cruise in Search for Nessie

Nessie brought out of hiding

The Loch Ness Monster was said to be disturbed by the construction of the A82 road in the 1930's.

In 1933, construction began on the A82 – the road that runs along the north shore of the Loch. The work involved considerable drilling and blasting and it is believed that the disruption forced the monster from the depths and into the open. Around this time, there were numerous independent sightings and, in 1934, London surgeon R. K. Wilson managed to take a photograph that appeared to show a slender head and neck rising above the surface of the water. Nessie hit the headlines and has remained the topic of fierce debate ever since.

In the 1960s, the Loch Ness Investigation Bureau conducted a ten-year observational survey – recording an average of 20 sightings per year. And, by the end of the decade, mini-submarines were being used for the first time to explore the depths of the Loch using sophisticated sonar equipment. New public interest was generated in the mid-1970s when underwater photographs of what appeared to be a ‘flipper’ were made public.

Visit The Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition

Visit The Loch Ness Monster

Is Nessie Real or Not?

To this day, Nessie is fascinating visitors to the Highlands.

To this day, many respectable and responsible observers have been utterly convinced they have seen a huge creature in the water.

Prehistoric animal? Elaborate hoax? Seismic activity? A simple trick of the light? It’s even been said that the whole mystery could be explained by the presence of circus elephants in the area in the 1930s. Who know’s, but there truly is something special about Loch Ness and it’s vast waters.

Whatever the truth, it’s always worth a trip to Loch Ness to see for yourself. Heres a few ideas of Things to do around Loch Ness in between Nessie Spotting!

Read more about the history of Loch Ness.

Visit Nessie Land

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