Three things you MUST experience at Loch Ness
The Loch Ness area is simply overflowing with adventure for those prepared to explore.
From ancient castles and mythical monsters to breathtaking scenery and warm Highland hospitality, this beautiful and endlessly fascinating part of Scotland offers the discerning visitor a real insight into the country’s rich culture and history.
Whilst it’s probably best-known for its famous elusive inhabitant, Loch Ness stretches for more than 23 miles, allowing for plenty voyages of discovery if you can take your eyes off the scenery – but be sure to keep at least one peeper peeled for Nessie.
Before you sprint to the nearest kilt shop, dust off your bagpipes and practice your best Scottish accent, however, make sure you take a note of these top three things that EVERYONE should experience on their next trip to Scotland’s most iconic loch…
Hunt for Nessie
A trip to Loch Ness wouldn’t feel right without getting involved in some Nessie hunting, so make sure you take your binoculars to scan from the shore or try to get up close and personal by enjoying a cruise on this legendary body of water.
Whatever way you do it, you’ll be joining the ranks of notoriety should you catch a glimpse of Nessie. Although there have been more than 1,000 sightings over the years, experts have failed to agree on what exactly is roaming the murky depths.
Explore Urquhart Castle
Urquhart Castle is one of Scotland’s most breathtaking strongholds. Located on the northwestern shore of the loch, it’s become one of the country’s busiest tourist attractions, thanks to its enthralling history and absolutely stunning views over the loch.
The castle was originally built upon an early medieval fortification, later playing an important role in the Wars of Scottish Independence. Although its history is violent and stormy, you’ll enjoy reliving it in the castle’s impressive visitor centre.
Visit Invermoriston Falls
If you’re looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of Loch Ness, take a trip to Invermoriston Falls, situated near the southeastern shore of the loch. Offering beautiful views and plenty of areas to picnic, it’s a great day out for all the family.
Additionally, if you head to Invermoriston Falls on a Tuesday, you can take a short stroll to get a good vantage point and witness the waters getting a bit hairy, as the dams just upstream at Dundreggan are opened.
What do you think? Have you visited Loch Ness recently? What other attractions would you advise our readers to check out? Please let us know by leaving a comment below – we’d love to read what you have to say about one of Scotland’s most famous tourist hotspots.
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