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Could this vast freshwater lake hide the best kept secret in the world? Approaching Loch Ness from its western shore, your eyes start to play tricks. Is that the Loch Ness Monster?

Although the A82 runs along the side of Loch Ness, there are few opportunities to observe its beauty. A fast road, those parking spaces only seem to appear when you're actually passing them. Being a fast road, the turning opportunities when grasped are a ‘white knuckle’ affair.

 

When a ‘P’ (Parking) spot appears, grab it with both hands. Check for steps down to the loch’s western shore and once you’ve reached the bottom, be ready to watch your jaw dropping to the ground. Here you are confronted by the magical sight of the world famous Loch Ness. It is from these shores where even the most ‘Nessie-sceptical’ of bystanders can be swayed.

 

Often veiled by a delicate mist, the Loch at times seems to play tricks with your eyes. No wonder the myth of the Loch Ness has survived so well for so long.

 

Loch Ness is situated on the Great Glen fault line which connects Inverness to Fort William. It is the second largest loch in the Highlands at 37 kilometres long and about 230 metres deep. Enjoy a cruise across it and enjoy some of the more stunning views of what remains of Urquhart Castle, the scene of many a bloody battle and at one point fearlessly defended by the King of the Scots, Robert the Bruce. Cruises across Loch Ness can be embarked from a variety of locations. Look out for signs pointing to them as you travel along the A82.

 

 

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