Loch Ness, a place filled with mystery and legend

Welcome to the Visit Inverness Loch Ness tourism destination website. Home of the Loch Ness Monster and so many other wonderful Scottish myths, legends and historical happenings.  Read on to find out more about Nessie, then explore further for insights into our magical region of the Scottish Highlands. Watch a video all about the history of Nessie Here.

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 the servant, St Columba, before being forced back into the waters by his very self. 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.

Other Myths and Legends of Scotland

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. Nessies 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.

Loch Ness Boat Trips

Join us 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 world famous Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition and Nessie Land. Here you can learn all about the history and mysteries of Loch Ness and more. Based in the beautiful village of Drumnadrochit on the North of the Loch, not far from the ruins of Urquhart Castle. 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.

Read on below for more information on the Loch Ness Monster and her legacy.

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Nessie Brought Out Of Hiding

The Waking of the Monster

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.

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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.

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