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Loch Ness

Well this is really one of Scotland’s big draw cards, and is world renowned due to the legend of the Loch Ness Monster being passed down through generations, everyone wants a chance to spot our beloved ‘Nessie’! The Loch is freshwater and stretches for approximately 37 kilometres southwest of Inverness.

Its surface is 16 metres above sea level but the loch is extremely deep up to 900 feet in some of the deep trenches, it is the 2nd largest loch in Scotland after Loch Lomond, however due to its depth it is the largest by volume.

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There are many boats offering trips on the loch which carry sonar equipment and often start beeping wildly when a shoal of fish is nearby - or something else! These tours will also tell you some of the history as you travel along the loch, and tell you the story of the extraordinary Highland fortress – Urquhart Castle which is perched on a rocky outcrop by the side of the loch.

Villages along the lochside are well equipped for tourists with Drumnadrochit and Fort Augustus being the 2 larger centres. The Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition Experience at Drumnacrochit is an exhibition about the geological formation of Loch Ness and its legendary monster.

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