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Loch Ness – 10 Fun Facts

As we stated in our previous blog ‘5 places to visit in Scotland’ Loch Ness is a must see for anyone who is planning a visit to Scotland. Situated in the mesmerising location of the Great Glen just south of Inverness this beautiful view is one not to be missed and should definitely take pride of place on your ‘bucket list’.

Here is a list of 10 fun facts relating to Loch Ness for you to feast your imagination on:

1. The loch holds more fresh water than all the lochs and lakes in England and Wales combined. It is 23 miles long and about a mile wide.

2. Loch Ness is the second largest loch in Scotland with depths reaching over 750 feet.

3. The loch never freezes.

4. Loch Ness is famous for its monster, who is also known as Nessie. There are supposed sightings of the monster from the 6th century. In 1933, a man claimed the monster crossed the road in front of him, which led to increased interest in the myth.

5. Nessie is a Scottish name meaning ‘pure’.

6. The monster has appeared in hundreds of books, films and TV shows, becoming the most famous lake monster in the world. Famous films include Loch Ness and The Water Horse.

7. Some scientific theories believe that a family of creatures might have become trapped in the loch at the end of the last ice age that ended about 10,000 years ago. Other theories suggest the monster is a huge fish or reptile.

8. Loch Ness is part of the Caledonian Canal, which connects Inverness to Fort William. The canal was constructed in the early 19th century by engineer Thomas Telford and consists of 29 locks along its way.

9. People living around the loch created an old wives tale to keep their children away from the sides of the loch to avoid any accidents. They said that a beast lived in the loch that transformed into a horse when it was hungry and waited for a traveller to climb on its back. They said it would then gallop into the loch and eat its victim.

10. The most famous photo of the Monster is of her head and neck, taken in 1934 although this was soon after discovered to be a hoax and the photographer refused to be associated with the sighting.