As we were driving around Loch Ness, we found this little museum that had a statue of Nessie out front. Be sure and take a picture posing with Nessie!
Fondest memory: The museum didn't have a ton of information, but it was interesting to learn a few things and read the history of sightings of the loch ness monster =) The gift shop was more fun than the museum, though... it was pretty large and had lots of nice items to browse through and pick up a souvenir!
In case you hadn't heard, there is supposed to be a monster in Loch Ness...
Lots and lots of tourists actually believe this and come to see it for themselves. This is in spite the fact that none of them actually ever see anything!
A few do clame to have seen this phenomenon in spite of the statistics that say no sightings have taken place. (There is a contradiction in there). I hear most sightings are late in the evening. I don’t know why this is, but it is easy to remember, as it is coincidently about the same time as the Pubs close.
The green stuff on my picture is just a little smudge that I couldn't rub away, sorry.....
I can here give you a guarantee that you will not find the monster of Loch Ness. I am of course very sorry to disappoint you, but you can always go to Norway in stead and see the real monster.
To contradict the tip above, there are actually 3 monsters in Norway. You have the Sea monster that has been observed in the fjords, and then there is the most known one in the lake “Seljordsvannet” and also the lake “Mjøsa”
Here is a link to a Database of
Norwegian Sea Serpents
Favorite thing: We weren't there long, and Nessie didn't come pay us a visit, unfortunately. There is also this guy, I forget his name, who has his own research center in order to locate Nessie. I think he's been there for years.
Our Haggis guide made us line up along the shore of the loch and perform a hilarious "Nessie-calling" dance. This dance had eight elements and it took him a while to teach it to us since we were all laughing so hard. Basically it consisted of a squat, thrust, sigh, thigh slap, chanting “come Nessie, come Nessie,” while making a grabbing and drawing inward motion, then crooking one hand into the curved shape of the Nessie head and poking/bobbing it along, and finally a big jump and a splash while yelling, “NESSIE!”
All of us were in hysterics by the time our ritual was complete, but no Nessie appeared. Locals having drinks at an outdoor pub overlooking our spot looked at us askance, but they probably see this sort of thing all the time.
I think this replica of the Nessie monster is a fake. I have it from reliable sources that the real one, or I should say the real one if there is a real one, has three hunches. The one in the picture has only two. As I have already written there is not a real Nessie, so this is all very hypothetical. But there should be three hunches for sure. It makes you wonder if the manufacturer of this replica originally made it with three hunches and perhaps later found out that he could save some money reducing it to two. What is the world coming too? It is important to discuss maters like this.....
Fondest memory: I have a hunch that I should call the hunch a hump. What is your hunch?
Some would maybe call it a lump and others might be mathematical about it and simply call it a sinus curv....
I don't know why I am debating this...
Maybe I should go back and visit that pub. What was it's name? Oh yes.... "The Bothy"
OK, OK, I didn’t sail the Loch Ness on purpose. I had to, to pass the Canal going West. But if you really feel like going there, I recommend Fort Augustus as a base. There are great cruises out from there and if you find the Loch boring, you will at least find the area surrounding Augustus very interesting. Some would even say romantic!
Fondest memory: It is actually fun to be able to say now that I sailed on Loch Ness :-)
As to the Loch itself, there is very little to see. There is a Monster centre were I am told you can buy plastic monsters, and there is the Urquhart Castle. It is mostly in ruins, and there are more interesting castles other places.
The loch is actually quit big. It took forever to sail the length of its 37 kilometres. This is 1/3 of the length of the whole Canal. The Loch is also very deep with an average of 200 meters.
Favorite thing: Before my trip several people said, the farther West you go in the highlands the better it gets. I have to agree with this. It just got better and better. It is of course a matter of taste and all places have their charm, but some places have more...
Only one spot on Loch Ness impressed me. At the West end you find the small place of Fort Augustus. The Pubs and stores are built on both sides of the lock gates that bring boats up to a higher level of the Caledonian Canal. See my Fort Augustus page.
Fondest memory: On the picture you see a plant. It is most unusual. For some reason it has managed to grow in a shape that looks very much like Nessie! I suspect it was gene-manipulated....
I refuse to believe in this monster. And just to explain this picture, I am not spotting for the monster at all. You see I spotted some interesting tourists on shore and felt the need to document this...
Besides, there is only one lake monster. That monster lives in the Seljordsvannet in Norway! The Scottish are only trying to steal the tourists from us!
Favorite thing: Numerous sightings have been recorded over the past century, the first photo taken in 1933. Sonar tests have failed to locate the beast, but the legend lives on.