Why don't people dive in Loch Ness

Loch Ness in Scotland - a place that has always been surrounded by numerous myths. Thousands of people are drawn to the second largest lake in the Highlands every year. Most of them with one goal, to get to the bottom of the myth about Nessie herself.

Loch Ness in Scotland

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Nessie | Urquhart Castle

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Arrival & accommodation at Loch Ness

The contemplative place Drumnadrochit on the west bank The hole is the center of Nessie tourism. If you are in the Lowlands of Scotland, you can follow the A82 from Glasgow towards Fort William and Inverness. From Inverness, the capital of the Highlands, Drumnadrochit can be reached in a good half an hour by car or bus 917 and 919 for € 4-8. The lake is best for one Day trip.

Guru tip:

It is best to find accommodation on Loch Ness in good time, as the large number of travelers can make booking at short notice difficult.

So if you are planning a trip to Scotland or the Highlands, a detour to the hotbed of numerous stories about the world's most famous sea monster is a must. If you're too tired of looking for Nessie to leave the same day, hotels on Loch Ness offer you the opportunity to recover from the day's events. For those who post it again Inverness create, the city on the River Ness offers numerous guest houses - there should be something for everyone.

The Loch Ness history

Thanks to its monster, the freshwater lake is one of the most famous standing waters on earth. Already 500 million years ago the crevice formed at the place where today's Loch Ness lies. A tectonic shift in the tectonic plates created the second largest lake in the scottish highlands. About 12,000 years ago it was still more of a bay, whose access to the sea was only gradually cut off by the uplifting of the surrounding land. Only Loch Lomond can surpass Loch Ness in terms of area. With a length of around 34 kilometers and a width of 1.5 kilometers, Loch Ness covers an area the size of five football fields.

Goosebumps are guaranteed

If you go to the shore of the lake and look into the water, you will almost certainly get goose bumps. The deep blue, almost black-looking water exudes a mystical attraction. In addition, there is the fog just above the water, which forms due to the constantly low water temperature of seven degrees. The immense Depth of about 230 meters is extremely unusual for Scottish lochs. The bottom of the water is embroidered with many caves. The fact that the lake has been so well explored is thanks to the fascination with its famous inhabitants.

Anyone who is not impressed despite all this should take a tour of the castle on the banks of Loch Ness. The Urquhart Castle was the scene of power struggles between the English kings and the noble lords of the far north for millennia.

Nessie - the monster in the lake

Whether as a plush toy, glass figure or salt shaker - there is hardly an item that does not adorn the shape of the sea monster. She is everywhere as one Mixture of sea snake and dinosaur shown with a long neck and a small head typical of a reptile. According to witness reports and measurements - whatever is floating down there on the lake bed - should be between ten and 15 meters long. One thing is certain: Nessie is far more than just a fantasy to the Scots.

In year 565 AD an Irish priest named Saint Columba sighted the monster for the first time. However, no further attention was paid to the clergyman's observations. Only when 1933 The A82 panoramic road was built around the lake, there were increased sightings of the creature. A year later, London surgeon R.K. Wilson's first photo of Nessie. Since then the monster has beenworldwide known. The Scots are so fond of their monster that they banned the hunt for Nessie and unceremoniously placed the monster under conservation. Despite numerous research trips and long-term observations, the existence of the being is and remains a real mystery.

Loch Ness Center and Exhibition

A visit to the Loch Ness Center and Exhibition I can therefore only recommend you. The interactive museum in the heart of Drumnadrochit invites you to experience the history of the hole up close. A visitor hall equipped with attention to detail shows the history of the monster spread over seven areas. Loch Ness is a real one Piece of local historyYou can also explore the numerous investigations that have already been carried out in and around the lake.

Info Loch Ness Center & Exhibition:

  • Opening hours: Sept.-Oct. & Easter-June 9.30am-5pm, July-Aug. 9.30 a.m.-6 p.m., Nov-Easter 10 a.m.-3.30 p.m.
  • Entrance fee: Adults approx. € 9 (reduced approx. € 7.80), children (6-15 years) approx. € 5.70, children <6 years free
  • Note: the “to” opening time stands for the last admission

The effective play of light on the walls and floor makes it seem as if you yourself are Deep sea divers at the bottom of the water wades. Once a chapter of the story has been told to the end by the audio guide, a fading light leads you to the next chapter. This is how you explore a submarine that is equipped with sonar technology. This and other objects were used to find the sea monster. You can use individual wall-mounted telephones in the Jury Room to hear the Eyewitness accountswho are there about Nessie, listen. At the end of the tour you can get your own picture of Nessie and Loch Ness.

Urquhart Castle ruins

The largest ruined castle in the Highlands you can visit it daily for about 10.30 €. A price that definitely pays off due to the view of the lake. The price includes access to the castle area and a visit to the specially set up cinema. Before you plunge into the world of damsels and knights, a ten-minute film gives you an insight into the history of the Urquhart Castle. The special thing about the castle is its hilly location. You stroll through lush green meadows, here and there you stumble over a stone and reach a guided path around the fortress. Display boards with drawings give you an insight into life back then.

Info Urquhart Castle:

  • Opening hours: Apr.-Sept. 9.30 a.m.-5.15 p.m., Oct. 9.30 a.m.-4.15 p.m., Nov-March 9.30 a.m.-3.45 p.m.
  • Entrance fee: Adults approx. € 10.30 (reduced approx. € 8.30), children (5-15 years) approx. € 6.20, children <5 years free
  • Note: the “to” opening time stands for the last admission

1296, after the English conquest King Edward I., the castle was mentioned for the first time. From this point on, the Scots, the English and the fought Lords of the Isles equally to the property. So a quiet life at Urquhart Castle was out of the question. For the perfect holiday snapshot, you can choose the tower with the lake in the background as a picturesque backdrop. The ascent of the observation point is worthwhile for every romantic. Waiting for you breathtaking panorama: Loch Ness and rolling hills as far as the eye can see. And who knows: maybe Nessie will do the honors and peek out of the deep black of the lake.

Discovered Fort Augustus

If you dare to go on the water, I advise you to take a one-hour boat tour on Loch Ness. There are two large contact points around the lake for this. You start from the west bank and mimick the southern tip of the water Fort Augustus on. Of course, you can also start your journey there. Like almost every Scottish town, Fort Augustus has a lot to offer. Especially Hikers and cyclists among you get their money's worth here. The Great Glen Way takes you around the area. The picturesque village is located on the 60 meter long Caledonian Canal. If you want to find out more about it, you can visit the Caledonian Canal Heritage Center Get all the important information about shipping in the canal area. Exhibition fights and life stories from the 17th century await you in the Clansman Center.

Off to the adventure of Scotland!

As you might have guessed, I am absolutely thrilled with Loch Ness and its history. The best thing to do is to plan your visit to Loch Ness as part of a tour across the Scottish Highlands, because as soon as you have smelled Scottish air, you can do that Land of whiskey no longer going on.

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