Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Looking for the Loch Ness Monster

The Loch Ness Monster, affectionately called "Nessie", may or may not exist. Even so, more than 1,000 people have claimed to have seen it lurking in the loch.

The fairytale myth has been adapted for the big screen. ‘The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep’ is the imaginative re-telling of Scotland’s most famous mystery. It's a charming, magical movie for kids of all ages, and sure to generate interest in travel to green Scotland.

Loch Ness is the largest volume of fresh water in Britain, measuring between 750 and 820 feet deep in places, allowing plenty of hiding places for it’s most elusive resident.

The most comprehensive collection of evidence on the famous mythical monster is at the Loch Ness Exhibition Centre at Drumnadrochit.

Or, try finding Nessie yourself. Explore the mystical waters of the Loch on one of the scheduled cruises and tours, which visit hiding spots such as the Caledonian Canal, the deepest parts of the loch, and the picturesque ruins of Castle Urquhart, one of the most evocative and romantic parts of the area.

Another breathtaking natural attraction is the Falls of Foyers. These are two waterfalls, the smaller upper falls and the spectacular 100 foot lower falls. Viewing platforms let you get up close to see this ancient ravine. There also are twisting, winding trails to discover around the narrow wooden gorge. Be sure to wear sturdy shoes and a spray-proof jacket.

At the end of the day, stop off in one of the pubs in the village of Killin alongside the lake, or loch. Perhaps you'll hear stories about Nessie from some of the local residents. Perhaps over a glass of the famous local beverage of Scotland. You know what it is. Unlike Nessie, that's no mystery.