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Ruins of Urquhart Castle at Loch Ness, Scotland, UK
Ruins of Urquhart Castle at Loch Ness, Scotland. The castle is an early medieval fortification, founded sometime in the 13th century.
Image: Cédric Bonhomme

About Loch Ness

Urquhart Bay, Loch Ness (lake), Scottish Highlands, Scotland, UK
Urquhart Bay of Loch Ness viewed from Grant's Tower at Urquhart Castle.
Image: Karoly Lorentey
Satellite view is showing Loch Ness, a large, long stretched freshwater lake (in Gaelic: Loch) in the Great Glen, a fault valley that runs straight across northern Scotland containing four major lochs: Loch Linnhe, Loch Lochy, Loch Oich and Loch Ness.

Loch Ness is the second largest Scottish lake after Loch Lomond. The lake is surrounded by the amazing landscape of the Scottish Highlands and the Monadhliath Mountains to the south east.

The northern end of Loch Ness is located about 10 km south west of the city of Inverness. The lake with an average width of 1.5 km (1 mi) extends then for 37 km (23 mi) to the southwest, fed by seven major streams, the Oich and Tarff, near Fort Augustus, the Enrich, Coiltie, Moriston, Foyers and the Farigaig, about forty smaller streams, burns and creeks feed Loch Ness. Loch Ness is connected to the sea via the River Ness, the only outlet, and the Caledonian Canal.

Loch Ness Monster
The lake is home of Nessie, the legendary mythological Loch Ness Monster.
The first recorded sighting of the monster was nearly 1,500 years ago when a giant beast is said to have leaped out of the lake. The opinions differ what the 'Monster' actually is. It is assumed that Nessie belongs to a long-surviving plesiosaur family, others indicate that the creature is a Cryptid, a being whose existence has been suggested but has not been discovered yet (such as the Yeti). Some suppose that Nessie is a Kelpie, a shape-shifting water spirit inhabiting the lochs and burns of Scotland. Until now there is no explanation by the ancient alien astronauts theorizers.

Loch Ness points of interest:
Around 1 million people visit Loch Ness each year and create about £25million in the economy, it is estimated more than 85% of them are drawn in by the Monster. You can imagine that the people around the lake are making sure that Nessie stays alive much longer.

Located near Urquhart Castle and the town of Drumnadrochit is Nessieland, an amusement and leisure park and the 'true home of the Loch Ness Monster'. At the southern end of the lake is Fort Augustus, a small village with a mansion like building known as Fort Augustus Abbey, it was a Benedictine monastery (1876 - 1998) with an unpleasant reputation. The historic building has been sold and is now an apartment/hotel complex.
Falls of Foyers (watch river Foyers' falling water), River Moriston (‘river of waterfalls’).
Sròn na Muic (pig snout) the hill near Invermoriston village offers far ranging views over Loch Ness and Glen Moriston.

Glen Roy National Nature Reserve (Echoes of ice, glacial leftover formed the landscape)

Today you can just zoom in at the blue marker to see Nessie ;-)
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Google Earth: Searchable Satellite View of Loch Ness and Nessie, the famous monster of Loch Ness, Inverness, Scotland, UK.
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