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Scotland's Loch Ness Monster has been the center of myth and tall tales for 1500 years. Though the Highlands are spectacular to see, its famous loch continues to lure visitors in hopes of a chance encounter with this elusive creature of the deep.
Some say that Scottish lore about mythological creatures living in its waters, such as kelpies, selkies and "water horses," fuels the fire of a monster prowling Loch Ness.
The first encounter was in 565 AD, when St. Columba drove a water beast away with the power of his voice and prevented it from devouring one of his companions in the water.
Road work along the shore in 1933 seemed to rouse Nessie from the deep, and a year later a black-and-white photo revealed a slender neck and small head emerging above the surface.
Nessie's features ironically resemble a plesiosaurus, a sea reptile that looks like a lizard with flippers and lived in the early Jurassic period 200 million years ago.
Extensive use of technology has yet to find the mythical monster. Though if ever caught, ancient legend predicts a catastrophic end of the region--it's food for thought!
If you're renting a car, take the A82 highway to reach the visitors' center in Drumnadrochit, which is on the northwest shore of Loch Ness. If you're relying on bus service, there are daily departures from Inverness (30 minutes) and Fort Williams (1 1/2 hours).
The Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition in Drumnadrochit exhibits the history of the region and the hunt for Nessie. The biggest attraction is, of course, a one-hour cruise on Loch Ness, complete with sonar equipment and underwater cameras just in case. Apart from the monster-mania, Urquhart Castle is nearby and worth a visit. Though blown to bits in 1692 and left in ruins, it provides amazing views of Loch Ness from its elevated location.
Scotland's weather is variable. You could wake up to grey and rain, but then bask in sunshine by lunchtime. May and June are recommendable months to visit, as the weather is generally fine, and the days are long. Consider September, as well, when the crowds are less and fall is in the air.
- When to visitHours will depend largely on your means of transportation. Tours of the loch will have limited times.
- What is the price?Prices vary by tour or mode of transportation, as well as the activities you plan to do there.
- Will I need a guide?It's not necessary, but for a short visit, a guide can point out the best locations to see.
- How to get thereLoch Ness is reachable by car or bus, with many tours passing through from major cities.
- Additional tipsBe prepared for rain while visiting and pack accordingly! Pay attention to transportation times when planning your visit!
What People Are Saying About Loch Ness
Paddy was an excellent tour guide, very entertaining, funny and professional. We were always on time and felt well-informed as well as secure.
The tour through the hinterlands was educational and fun, doug was an excellent driver and tour guide and told some delightful stories! I definitely recommend this tour, the hinterlands are beautiful, it definitely didn't feel like you were just sitting on a bus for hours.
I took the tour with Johnathan and had a great time! He was so funny and entertaining but also very informative and kind. The sights in Glencoe were so amazing. Loch Ness was beautiful as well and a must see. We had a lot of stops along the way for bathroom breaks, snacks, shopping, and sight seeing. Great way to see natural beauty but also see several lovely small towns. I would highly recommend this tour, unforgettable day!
Really interesting stories, appropriate and good mood creating music, wonderful mood, helpful and responsive guide.
As we came to Princess street at 7:30 am we had no expectations, as we thought we will be in the car for the whole day sleeping and from time to time we will go out and take some photos. Then we saw the guides and literally pray for Ewan to be our guide... and it was!!!:) We havent slept at all...He is my personal hero, since he was speaking all the time and it was really not the usual boring staff....it was about history, nature, whiskey, and also about modern things as soap operas related to Scottland etc.. I think Ewan is really good informed, enthusiastic and he likes his job. During our first stop some girsl change the crew and sit in another car to see their friends. Another guys came to our car and told us, that they were sleeping in another car , since only thing the driver was talking about was the ZOO.... So I think we won our guide, and it was really really amazing trip. He also took photo with us and was polite even after 12 h. talking,so thnx Ewan B.!