In this post, we are going to explore the land and the tales of Loch Ness. Loch Ness is a long, deep, and narrow lake located in the Scottish Highlands about 37 km SW of the city of Inverness. Loch Ness is Britain’s largest body of fresh water holding more water than all of the lakes in England and Wales combined. (lonelyplanet.com)
Urquhart Castle sits beside Loch Ness and offers an incredible view of the loch. The castle itself is a ruin that gives visitors a glance into Medieval life. It has a long history and visitors can tour the tower and the dungeon cells as well as the rocky grounds.
Loch Ness Monster Sightings
The first reported sighting of a mysterious large creature was made in the year 565 by a Monk.
Around 1933 a road was completed along the Loch. This made Loch Ness much easier to get to and far less isolated from the world. Since 1933 there have been several different people that have made reports of seeing a “giant beast lurking near the water.” (thesun.co.uk)
The ‘surgeon’s photograph’ was taken in 1934 and for 40 years was considered the proof that Nessie was real and living in Loch Ness. Yet, in 1975, the photograph was exposed as a hoax. Apparently, a man who had helped the surgeon stage the photograph made a deathbed confession. The Loch Ness Monster had been made out of a toy submarine with a carved monster head attached to it.
In 2013, Jeremy Wade of the television program River Monsters suggested that Nessie may actually be a Greenland Shark that is known to grow to 20 feet long in fresh water such as that in the Loch.
Hmm that Greenland Shark does not look anything like the large, long-necked creature that many have described seeing in Loch Ness. It is almost more believable that people were actually seeing logs, tree trunks, or another inanimate object and confusing that for a monster.
There have already been nine sightings reported, and documented by photograph or video in 2017 alone. The reported sightings have come from a newlywed couple on their honeymoon, a young boy on a lake cruise with his mother, a retired lawyer from Sydney, Australia, and even an American woman watching a live feed of Loch Ness who claimed to see the creature while she was at home in Michigan.
Loch Ness gets a TV Series
The Loch starring Laura Fraser, Siobhan Finneran, Jack Bannon, and Don Gilet is an ITV production regarding the search for a serial killer led by Detective Annie Redford. Set at Loch Ness, Scotland the mysteries (and bodies) begin to pile up. The series begins with local teenagers pulling a prank based on the death of the Loch Ness Monster. If you enjoy smart crime based drama than The Loch is worth a watch. It can be found in Canada on CBC.ca, or at Amazon.
I am not sure if Nessie is real, still alive, or just a hoax but if one can believe that there may be land creatures that have not been captured and studied such as Bigfoot, or the Yeti than it is not a far stretch to believe that water-dwelling creatures may have eluded capture as well. Either way, I know that Scotland and especially the Highlands of Scotland is beautiful and calling my name. One day I shall answer its call and may even catch a glimpse of Nessie or at the very least a log protruding from Loch Ness.
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