The loch itself is one of Scotland’s biggest, with a length of 20 miles and depth of 750ft at its deepest point. Whether you want to take a bracing dip in the water or hike in the spectacular surrounding countryside, Loch Ness is a great base from which to explore the Scottish Highlands. The Loch Ness Monster first came to the world’s attention in 1933 when a local newspaper reported that a dragon-like creature had been seen crossing a road near the water with an animal in its mouth.Loch Ness Castle
Since then, there have been numerous alleged sightings and a string of questionable photos of what some claim to be a huge and elusive creature which inhabits the murky depths of the loch. Today, people from around the world visit this beautiful loch to gaze across the water, hoping to catch a glimpse of Nessie.
During your trip to Loch Ness, make sure you stop at the Loch Ness Centre. You’ll find plenty of information about the Loch Ness Monster, as well as a pleasant café where you can grab a coffee or a bite to eat. The centre also runs regular cruises around the loch.
For children who want to explore the legend of the Loch Ness Monster, Nessie Land is a great day out, with exhibitions, an adventure playground and information about the alleged sightings of the mysterious creature. Nessieland is within walking distance of Drumnadrochit, a pretty village with a green, church and shop selling monster-related merchandise. Drumnadrochit is also on the route of the Great Glen Way, a 73-mile trail from Inverness to Fort William.
The Scottish Highlands have a fascinating history, evidence of which can be seen in the ruins which scatter the region’s glens and mountains. Perched on a hilltop overlooking Loch Ness are the remains of Urquhart Castle. It played an important role in the wars of Scottish Independence in the 14th century, and is now a popular landmark. Some of the most breathtaking views of Loch Ness can be enjoyed from the castle.
If you’ve been hiking in the hills surrounding Loch Ness, you’ll probably work up an appetite. There’s a good variety of pubs and restaurants in the area, many of which serve traditional Scottish food and locally caught seafood.
“As well as being the home of Scotland’s most famous monster, Loch Ness is surrounded by nature and some of the Highland’s most impressive scenery.”
To sample one of Scotland’s famous meat dishes, haggis, visit Fiddler’s Highland Restaurant , which also prides itself on offering a huge selection of single-malt whiskies. For a pint of local ale, try The Dores Inn, the only pub which is located right on the shores of Loch Ness.