Welcome to Loch Ness! Home of the Loch Ness Monster and so many other wonderful Scottish myths, legends and historical happenings. Here, we will guide you on the perfect monster hunt around Loch Ness! Bringing you up to speed with the history of our great Scottish loch and its famous inhabitant, who we like to call 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. So, read on to find out more about Nessie and our magical region of the Scottish Highlands.
In 1933, construction began on the A82 – the road that runs along the north shore of the Loch. Interestingly, the work involved considerable drilling and blasting. And it is believed that the disruption forced the monster from the depths and into the open.
It was 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. In further attempts to find Nessie, mini-submarines started exploring the depths of Loch Ness with the help of sophisticated sonar equipment. Then in the 1970s, underwater images of what appeared to be a ‘flipper’ were released to the public sparking further interest. Since there has been great interest in the elusive Nessie with many still trying to catch a sighting of this mythical beast.
So why not join us for your holidays at Loch Ness? Or stay in our Highland Capital of Inverness. Here, 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 ancient 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 today. 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.