Rigid inflatables starting out from Fort Augustus, Loch Ness

This evening, I am posting information on Loch Ness, one of Scotland’s top visitor sites.

Loch Ness is part of the Great Glen which comprises a major valley 1 to 3 miles (1.6 to 4.8km) wide and over 50 miles (80km) long. This coincides with the Great Glen fault, a major line of weakness in the earth’s crust which dates back some 410 million years to a time when Scotland was connected to what is now Newfoundland, Canada. The floor of this valley was gouged out by glacial erosion during the last ice age which ended some 10,000 years ago.

The loch is 22.6 miles (37Km) long and about 1 mile (1.6Km) wide. Greatest depth is 750 ft (230m).

Today Loch Ness, together with neighbouring lochs Linnhe, Lochy and Oich, forms part of the Caledonian Canal, a 60 mile waterway dating from 1822 which takes commercial ships from one coast to the other.

Inverness:  ‘Capital of the Highlands’ with excellent shopping, castle, museums, restaurants and cinema.

Great Glen WayA signposted hiking and cycle path which covers the entire length of the Great Glen via course of the Caledonian Canal.

Glen Affric:This is a nature reserve  where ancient pinewoods provide a home for varied wildlife. Activities include hiking and mountain biking.

Abriachan Gardens: Over four acres of plantings including hellebores, primulas and hardy geraniums.

Plodda Falls: 100ft high falls close to the heritage village of Tomich.

Corrimony Bird Reserve: Native woodland with walking trails. Close by is an ancient burial cairn.

Urquhart Castle: Historic castle dating from the 13th century and positioned in one of the finest locations in Scotland.

Divach Falls: Close to Drumnadrochit, this is one of the highest waterfalls in the area.

MonsterLoch Ness Centre and Exhibition at Drumnadrochit.

Glenmoriston: Beautiful glen (valley) through which runs River Moriston. At Invermoriston are the falls which cascade under the 1813 Thomas Telford bridge.

Fort Augustus:A fascinating town at southern tip of Loch Ness named after an 18th century military commander. Visit the Caledonian Canal Visitor Centre including a magnificent  flight of locks.

Highland Rare Breeds and Childrens Farm: Rare animal breeds, Highland cattle, deer and more. Close to Fort Augustus.

Suidhe Chuimen: Just north of Fort Augustus is the viewpoint which offers spectacular views over Stratherrick.

Falls of Foyers: About half way up the east side of Loch Ness can be found the 100ft waterfall  which was immortalised by Scotland’s national poet, Robert Burns.

Inverfarigaig (Dun Dearduil): Just north of the Falls of Foyers can be found a network of forest walks. Close by is the iron-age fort of ‘Dun Dearduil which offers spectacular views over Loch Ness

Loch Ruthven: A tiny loch situated at the north-east of Loch Ness. A wildlife (bird) reserve famous for rare Slavonian grebe.

Boat Trips: There are a wide variety of Loch Ness cruises  available.

Caledonian Canal entering Loch Ness at Fort Augustus

Castle Urquhart, Loch Ness, Scotland

Cruise Boat on Loch Ness, Scotland

View from eastern side of Loch Ness looking north.

View north from southern tip of Loch Ness at Fort Augustus

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