The Loch Ness Monster, otherwise known as Nessie, is always there. No matter what people say and no matter what evidence fails to appear, rumors about it never go away. Despite all the skeptical scientists and negative points they cover, people still travel from all over the world to Scotland to try to catch a glimpse of this urban legend. There are allegedly over 1,000 eyewitness accounts of unexplained evidence of the Loch Ness monster, which is why people keep coming back. To learn more about the monster of Loch Ness and its history in Scotland, you’ve come to the right place. Read on to learn more!
History of the Loch Ness Monster
The Loch Ness Monster, also known as Nessie, definitely is one of the world’s most famous cryptids. The origins of Nessie go way back. In fact, the first mention of the monster in the loch was in a book from the sixth century about the life of Saint Columbia. In the book, Columbia is told the story of the monster by locals of the loch and then encounters it. Fast forward a couple of centuries, and sightings of Nessie resurged in the later 19th century. Scotland was becoming a popular tourist destination by this point, thanks to the eloquent and romantic writings of Walter Scott and the patronage of Queen Victoria. The first photo of Nessie was taken in 1934, and it was revealed to be a fake, but the legend of Nessie still lives on to this day.
Where Can I See the Loch Ness Monster?
The iconic Loch Ness is one of the biggest and deepest expanses of water in the United Kingdom. Its steep banks plunge to a deep depth of 800 feet, and it is sitting in a string of lochs all along the Great Glen. Situated just southwest of Inverness, which is the “capital of the Highlands,” you could drive along its western side. The area is known for its dramatic and stunning scenery and is bordered by beautiful villages like Dores and Foyers. Nearby is the beautiful and world-renowned Urquhart Castle, which is great for a romantic day out, and in the town of Drumnadrochit, you could visit the Loch Ness Centre and Nessieland, which has information about the loch’s natural history, mysteries, and myths. While here, you could also take a much closer look at Nessie by taking a boat cruise from different locations around the loch. Don’t forget a camera too so that you could snap a picture of Nessie!
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