Loch Ness in the Highlands of Scotland is celebrated as the largest volume of fresh water in Great Britain. Only Loch Lomond has a larger surface area. It is the depth of Loch Ness that makes it the largest lake in volume, 755 feet at its deepest point.
Loch Ness is best known as the watery home of the Loch Ness Monster, also known affectionately as “Nessie”. Nessie was first sighted by Saint Columba in the 6th century. The Saint is purported to have performed a miracle that saved his servant from the clutches of the flesh-eating lake monster. Sightings of Nessie have continued down through the ages. In 2011, George Edwards sighted the Loch Ness Monster while sailing on his boat, Nessie Hunter IV. He has photos! Edwards claims to have been searching for the Loch Ness monster for 26 years.
Majestic Urquhart Castle, founded in the 13th century, is another of Loch Ness’ claims to fame. Once one of Scotland’s largest castles, Urquhart witnessed bloody conflict throughout its 500 years as a medieval fortress. In the 14th century, it figured in the Scots’ struggle for independence and came under the control of Robert the Bruce after he became King of Scots. The castle’s history can be relived in the new visitor centre along with an array of medieval artifacts found at the castle.
For a good look at the lake and the surrounding countryside, consider a lake cruise. From the water you can enjoy the areas historic gems, from majestic Urquhart to the small villages, crofts and farms that surround this huge stretch of water. Jacobite Cruises offers a cruise for as little as 18.50 pounds. Their cruises include an hour on Loch Ness and a visit to the ruins of Urquhart Castle and the visitor center.
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