Hunt for the Loch Ness Monster
Welcome to our dedicated Loch Ness Monster information centre - we know our most famous resident may be elusive but we're here to make sure you have your facts straight before you go looking for her!
Facts about Loch Ness and the Loch Ness Monster
- At 788 feet deep and about 23 miles long, Loch Ness is the largest freshwater lake in Great Britain; holding more water than all the other lakes in England, Scotland and Wales put together.
- It's said that the first recorded sighting of the Loch Ness monster was in 565 AD, when followers of the missionary St. Columba reportedly saw a monster in the Loch.
- The name 'Nessie' comes from the Gaelic, 'An Neassidh' meaning 'female of the Ness'
- Nessie is usually described as having a small head, long neck, broad body, four flippers and a long tail.
- The Loch Ness Monster cannot be a mammal as it does not have to breathe air. If it needed to surface in order to breathe air it would most probably have been seen by many before now.
- In 1976 an attempt was made to lure Nessie to the surface of the water by throwing bacon out of a hot air balloon on to the loch below. For reasons unknown she did not appear.
- In 2009, a man claimed he saw the Loch Ness monster via Google Earth satellite images.
Where to go to find out more?
Find out more about Loch Ness’ most famous resident on this website, with up-to-date information and photographs of new and past sightings and documented evidence- including film, first-hand accounts, stories, scientific studies and expeditions.
Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition
Opened by explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes, this exhibition uses a mix of lasers, digital projection and special effects to chars the history of the monster to document the history of the Loch, the monster, and its significance. With a 5 star rating from the Scottish Tourist Board, this is an experience not to be missed!
Nessieland Castle Monster Centre
Uncover the mystery that surrounds the world's most famous loch at the Loch Ness activities centre and adventure playground in Nessie Castle - with Loch Ness Monster history, ecology, pictures, videos and more.
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