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Nessie: Scotland’s favourite monster

This is Nessie.

She is long, thin and usually green.

When she’s seen in the water, you can see her body breaking through the waves.

She lives in Loch Ness.

This is Loch Ness.

It’s a beautiful, famous (thanks to Nessie) big loch which runs from south of Inverness down to Fort Augustus in the Highlands.

If I was a Loch Ness monster, this would definitely be a great place to live – beautiful sparkling waters, sun shining, and plenty of visitors to perform in front of, every now and then!

Why should I believe that Nessie exists?

Well, don’t just listen to us. There are hundreds of witness reports of Nessie.

The Surgeon’s photograph taken by RK Wilson and published in the Daily Mail on 21 April 1934 was the first to clearly show a moving creature in the waters, complete with head and neck. To mark the anniversary of that photograph being taken, Google has changed their homepage doodle to a beautiful image of our Loch Ness monster.

Just this year, Consuela Ross and her daughter caught the monster on video. Unfortunately they were so surprised to see Nessie, that they didn’t catch her on camera – not until she was back under the water – but you can clearly see the ripples in the water in her video…

Other sightings include a local gamekeeper who in May 2014 saw a 50 foot long wake from the top of Dores hill. There were no boats around at the time. He said it was “an amazing sight. I travel this road to Whitebridge daily and have never seen anything like it”.

In October 2012, Ken Ross from Inverness spotted something in the water near Inverfarigaig. He said: “From the pictures, it looks like a boat wake but there’s not a boat to be seen for miles. The cause of the wake appeared to be travelling at fair speed before the wake ceased. This was witnessed by myself and my wife.”

You can find a log of all the sightings, going back to 565 AD and including the ones above on the Official Loch Ness Monster Sightings Register.

How can I see Nessie?

Your best chance of seeing Nessie, and proving she really does exist, is to visit Loch Ness yourself.

Follow in the footsteps of millions of visitors to Scotland and see what you can find in the loch. Even celebrities such as Charlie Sheen and Katy Perry have tried to find Nessie, but it seems she’s just too shy…

© Google

© Google

To aid your search, you can now use Google Street View to search the mysterious waters. While you search Loch Ness on Google, you’ll see the usual yellow peg-man become a Nessie peg-monster so you can zoom into different areas of the loch.

There’s also a video with behind-the-scenes Google footage and Loch Ness expert Adrian Shine, who’s been helping Google discover what lies beneath Loch Ness.

Adrian had great fun helping Google with their top secret project. He said: “The Google project was so cloaked in secrecy, when people asked me about the ripples in the loch during the special diving expeditions, I had to let them think it really was the monster!

To search for the Yeti, you’d have to spend days trekking through the Himalayas; for Big Foot, you’d have to take a deep hike into the forests of North America, but if you want to find our much loved Scottish monster, all you have to do is travel to Loch Ness and enjoy a beautiful stroll around its waters. Nessie is the most accessible cryptid in the world!”

How do I get to Loch Ness?

If you’re travelling from outside of Scotland, you can fly direct into Inverness Airport and then make the short 15 mile journey to Drumnadrochit on the western shores.

From within Scotland, you can catch a bus or train to many of the villages or take the car.

There are also many tour companies, who can do all the journeys for you, so you’re free to keep your eyes on that loch and its monster.

Find more on travelling to the Highlands, and travelling around the Highlands or find a tour of Loch Ness.

Where can I stay near Loch Ness?

Well, it depends on what you’d like to stay in. You can stay in a tent, caravan or even a wigwam right on the shores of Loch Ness (just in case Nessie comes out at night) or rest your weary head in a hotel, B&B or guest house after your big discovery.

You’ll find a great selection of accommodation near Loch Ness on our website.

What else can I see at Loch Ness?

Check out the Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition at the nearby town of Drumnadrochit which takes visitors through seven themed areas covering the history and legend of the loch over 500 million years.

If you need a break from your Nessie search, why not drop in to the beautiful Urquhart Castle, which sits by the shores of the loch? There’s over 1,000 years of history to discover, as well as a great view of Loch Ness, so you don’t miss your chance to spot the monster.

Take a cruise over the waters, go horse riding along the shores or explore the towns of Drumnadrochit and Fort Augustus further to see if the locals have any Nessie-hunting tips.

Check out our handy guide on what to see and do in Loch Ness for more ideas on your Nessie holiday.

I’ve spotted Nessie! What do I do now?

Well let us know! Share your Nessie pics with us on Facebook and Twitter! You’ll also need to let the Official Loch Ness Monster Sightings Register know so they can add your spot to their page.

There’s an extra special treat for Nessie spotters in 2015 as well – the Loch Ness Marathon is offering an amazing £50,000 to any of their runners who manage to take a Nessie selfie. Yes, if Nessie turns up and photobombs your marathon race selfie, you could be going home with an amazing prize. Enough to fund a few more trips back to Loch Ness to see your new friend.

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