Loch Ness

About Loch Ness

Loch Ness provides a strong pull for visitors to Inverness. Synonymous with the Loch Ness Monster, it is difficult to get away from the folklore and myth that surrounds the area and even non-believers will catch themselves gazing out onto the loch.

Urquhart Castle and Loch Ness
Urquhart Castle and Loch Ness

The monster myth is not a recent phenomenon. St Columba who arrived in Scotland to convert the Picts to Christianity is said to have warned off a monster in the River Ness in AD565. However it wasn’t until the 1900s that sightings increased and obscure photographic images fuelled the debate over its existence.

You can dip into the myth as little or as much as you wish. The Loch Ness Visitor centre gives a fairly balanced view. Drumnadrochit is a pleasant village which sits near Urquhart Castle. It is dominated by Nessie with souvenir shops and Nessieland.

Loch Ness forms part of the Great Glen, a geographic fault resulting from the collision of two continents millions of years ago. This remarkably straight split divides Scotland into two and can be clearly seen on a map of the area. The Great Glen Way is a popular walking route from Fort William to Inverness. It is approximately 73 miles long and it can be walked in 3-5 days. It is an evolving route with some high sections being developed in recent years.