Loch Ness Monster – is Nessie real?
Myth or legend who cares! I am just totally miffed that we did not see the wee monster out there on Loch Ness! No real proof for the kids to report home about. Sightings of the Loch Ness Monster seem to be few and VERY far between these days.
We free camped, in our little caravan, on the edge of the stunning Loch and waited for a ripple on the water. Nope. No sighting of Nessie. Not a peep from the canny Scottish beast.
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Over 1000 reported sightings of Nessie, by people from all walks of life and who were reported as sober at the time of the reporting. The first record goes back to 565 A.D. by St Columbia, a Christian missionary. He was said to have ‘ drove away a certain water monster’ in the River Ness.
Marmaduke Wetherell (what a classic name, don’t you just love it), a big game hunter is regarded as a Master Hoaxer for his part in the scandalous presentation to the British Museum of plaster casts that he claimed were from the foot prints of Nessie herself. Turns out the rascal had made the casts from one of his (decidedly horrible) trophies of a hippopotamus foot. This was a long running hoax that lasted for 60 years. Hilarious.
Loch Ness is a massive body of water, steep rocky walls slope down to a flat silt bed. A hydrographic survey in 1991 measured the depth at 227m/745ft. This makes it the second largest loch in Scotland, and the U.K. The catchment area is 1,775 square kilometres.
Drumnadrochit Hotel is home to the Loch Ness Exhibition Centre. Opened by the explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes, the centre is a worthwhile place to spend some time when visiting Scotland.
‘…hi-tech multi-media presentation leads you through 7 themed areas and 500 million years of history, natural mystery and legend revealing the unique environment of Loch Ness and the famous Nessie legend …’
We may not have seen Nessie, but we did enjoy walks and exploring the area. Urquhart Castle is one of our favourite places on the Loch.
Visit Scotland one day for yourselves, let us know if you see Nessie!