Loch Ness Monster

Loch Ness Monster, Scotland

This evening, I am focusing on the elusive Loch Ness Monster and its watery habitat which attracts many thousands of visitors each year whose spending underpins the local economy.  In modern times the ‘monster’ gained credibility as a function of the famous 1934 ‘surgeon’s photograph’ which was subsequently proved to have been faked ( a child’s toy).  To the best of my knowledge and belief no authentic and verifiable photographs or film of the monster have ever been taken which leaves the famous 1934 image as possibly the greatest PR stunt of all time, acting as catalyst for a huge tourist industry in the Highlands of Scotland. In simplistic terms the Plesiosaur, which the Monster is widely acknowledged to be, died out along with its dinosaur relatives many millions  of years ago whereas Loch Ness was created only about 10, 000 years ago at end of the last Ice Age. In any case the murky and peaty waters of the loch would not provide enough food for a breeding colony of creatures. Monster speculation aside, Loch Ness is a pleasant enough place and I do enjoy visiting the area, usually taking guests to Castle Urquhart which offers the best views of the Loch.

Some other interesting facts concerning Loch Ness:

  • Contains freshwater.
  • 23 miles (37km) long and 230m (754 ft) deep, the second deepest in Scotland and U.K.
  • Via the Caledonian Canal is one of a series on interconnected waterways in the Great Glen.
  • At the northern end is Inverness whilst Fort Augustus sits at the southern tip.

Images below should help to give a feel for the loch and its environs.

Below is a view looking north from Castle Urquhart.

Saltire on Loch Ness

Saltire on Loch Ness, Scotland

Piper at Loch Ness

Piper at Loch Ness, Scotland

This view is looking north from Fort Augustus. A huge body of water-and very quiet.

Loch Ness from Fort Augustus

Loch Ness from Fort Augustus, Scotland

Elsewhere today:

  • I have been corresponding with a gentleman who wishes to undertake an extensive tour of Scotland’s gardens next year.
  • Arranged lunch for a very large group who will be visiting Linlithgow later in the year.
  • Designed a new web page for my main site.
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