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Loch Ness, a place filled with mystery and legend

Welcome to Loch Ness! Home of the Loch Ness Monster and so many other wonderful Scottish myths, legends and historical happenings.  Here on the Visit Inverness Loch Ness tourism destination website, we will guide you on the perfect monster hunt in, around and on Loch Ness! Below you will find Nessie excursions, Loch Ness cruises, tours and facts to bring you up to speed with the history of our Great Scottish Loch and its famous inhabitant, #Nessie!

We are often asked “is the loch ness monster real?”. And here we will tell you that she is very much a big part of our culture and history.  But let’s start with how to pronounce the loch ness monster’s name. It’s Nessie. Being in Scotland our “ie” is pronounced like a word that would finish with a “y”, but a little higher pitched.

Read on to find out more about Nessie, then explore further for insights into our magical region of the Scottish Highlands.

Loch Ness Monster Experiences

Nessie Hunting Boat Trips

Join us and book a boat tour on Loch Ness to begin your very own exploration of the Loch Ness monster.

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Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition

If you want to know more about Nessie you can visit our world famous Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition.

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Nessieland

For a monster family adventure, visit Nessieland. With models of the Loch Ness Monster, play areas and more.

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Loch Ness Monster History and Legend

The Origins of the Loch Ness Monster

First Spotted in 565 AD

Loch Ness Monster Sightings

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

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

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Nessie Brought Out Of Hiding

The Waking of the Monster

The Loch Ness Monster is disturbed by a local road construction in the 1930s.

The Monster Awakes

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.

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Is Nessie Real or Not?

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

Nessie Hunting

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.

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Watch Hunting Nessie Video

Come Hunting for the Loch Ness Monster Yourself!

Join us for your holidays at Loch Ness. Or stay in our Highland Capital of Inverness. Loch Ness and the surrounding area offer some of the most beautiful, historic and natural landscapes for you to explore. Steeped in myths and legends. Nessie isn’t our only famous relic. We are home to ancient battlefields, and inspiration for the Outlander series. Explore 2,000-year-old burial grounds and standing stones. Hear of our ancient whisky tales and visit the bay of sunken boats.

Book a boat tour on Loch Ness to begin your Nessie hunting adventure. Other boat trips in the region include whale watching and dolphin spotting on our nature tours of the Moray Firth.

You can also explore our famous waters by canoe safari, for an up-close and personal experience with your very own canoe guide.

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