Loch Ness

Many of us have heard about the Loch Ness monster. For those who haven’t, the Loch Ness Monster (or ‘Nessie’, as it is locally called) is one of the most intriguing news piece that is said to be sighted every now and then in Loch Ness in Scotland (Loch is Scottish for Lake). Some argue it to be a jurassic age dinosaur that has escaped extinction and some call it a one-of-its kind species that has chosen Ness as its habitat. But most people now believe that the monster is just the creation of the mist-filled, windy conditions on the lake that create illusions and also the mind-work of some publicity starved researchers and locals. Whatever the truth, the monster ensured that my mind was filled with excitement while visiting Loch Ness on our trip to Scotland from London.
Loch Ness is right in the middle of the Scottish highlands. It is possible to visit the lake as a day-trip from the Scottish capital of Edinburgh, but for those with a little more time on hand, I suggest they make the city of Inverness to the north of the lake as their base for exploring the highlands.

Loch Ness

Inverness is the largest city in Northern Scotland, but it is still only a town. The name of the city translates to “The Inn on Ness”, as river Ness flows through it. It has a picturesque town centre and markets and also some nice river walks. As I mentioned earlier, it is the perfect base to explore the Scottish Highlands, including Loch Ness, the world-famous Scottish distilleries, various firths (inland water bodies from the sea) and beautiful rugged coastline and mountains in the Isle of Skye in Northern Scotland.
We settled for a beautiful bed and breakfast accomodation in Inverness, that we booked by looking up bed-and-breakfasts online and calling the owners for a telephonic booking. If one is visiting in peak summer, it is extremely important to get accomodation booked beforehand through your travel agent or by searching online.
From Inverness, there are tours that take you on a journey of Loch Ness which include a bus trip to-and-fro, a boat trip on the lake taking you to Urquhart castle on the shore of the lake and a tour of the castle premises. Permutations and combinations of these activities are also available with a city canal cruise thrown in as well. We took Jacobite cruises which are the most famous I guess. Our bus picked us up in Inverness and took us 9 miles to the lake shores where we boarded our boats. Loch Ness is the largest and deepest fresh water body in Britain and is actually larger than the North Sea! It is miles deep in places. So, effectively, there is a lot of water for the mythical monster to hide and I wasn’t really hoping it would be kind enough to single us out among loads of visitors to pay a visit. The boat ride was exciting as the lake is not really placid and a cruiser rides the waves creating sprays of water all around and creating general excitement. There are lush green forests around and the lake shines a bright blue in bright sun or gleams and glitters in the setting sun’s rays.

Urquhart Castle
Urquhart castle looked picture-perfect, if a bit mysterious and brooding because of the clouds gathering around suddenly, from the boat as we cruised towards it, and descending there we did a round of the premises. The castle is only a lot of medieval ruins besides the lake, with some displays and huge lawns. The lawns had a Roman trebuchet, the huge slinging machines that Romans used to demolish structures, which I had till now seen only in movies like Gladiator and Troy. We also paid a visit to their souvenir shop which was pretty interesting.
Having spend a quality day out at the Lake, the Castle and the Loch Ness center where we again shopped for souvenirs, we headed back into Inverness, not having met Nessie but quite satisfied otherwise.

10 Comments

  • nandanjha says:

    Very interesting legend. I have heard it faintly, not too sure.

    you didn’t write too much (which is fine) but somehow after reading, I was getting tempted to read more and more and realized that its over :)

  • H Rahul,

    I share Nandan’s feeling. I agree with him that its nice to read this write-up. Still I feel that “Yeh Dil Maange more”.

    I wish that a small write-up about Scotland itself is in plan :)

    Your posts are eagerly awaited.

    Manish.

  • Rahul says:

    Perhaps written in a rush… the most amusing part is that I got this comment from someone even as I was publishing it.
    Well, I believe how the write-up comes out is also a function of how much one enjoys it, maybe I should write about experiences better enjoyed.

  • Manish khamesra says:

    Rahul,

    Good authors always carry the burden of high expectations from their readers and same is happening with you too.

    Don’t reduce the write-ups, some will be good and some will be average. But the articles published here help us to know more about the places with a personal touch. Not knowing about Loch Ness and stories around it would have been a bigger loss for us.

    I wish that we will continue to see more of them .

  • Indrani Bose says:

    Hi Rahul,
    Am off to the highlands this week and this time am surely planning to write up, even though my trip is mainly going to focus on Isle of Arran , Edinburgh and Glasgow but I will also write in continuation to ur Nessie theme buddy coa I just love highlands… so watch out….

    Loch ness surely invokes lots’s of curiousity which u surely did!

    Ta
    Indrani

  • Rahul says:

    Indrani, it is that kind of place indeed, and everyone loves a good story! Hope you enjoy the Scottish highlands… looking fwd to reading your account of it.

    rahul

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  • Blog Reviews says:

    Loch Ness is the second largest Scottish loch by surface area at 56.4 km2 (21.8 sq mi) after Loch Lomond, but due to its great depth, it is the largest by volume. Its deepest point is 230 m (755 ft),[1][2] deeper than the height of London’s BT Tower at 189 m (620 ft) and deeper than any other loch except Loch Morar. It contains more fresh water than all the lakes in England and Wales combined,[2] and is the largest body of water on the Great Glen Fault, which runs from Inverness in the north to Fort William in the south.

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