Loch Ness is Britain's most famous lake. Who doesn't know the legend of the monster said to wander inside its depths? The loch is Scotland's second biggest lake, situated approximately 10 kilometres south of Inverness at Great Glen. Due to its depth, however, it holds much more water than larger Loch Lomond. The entire London Eye could easily bog down in it – perfect conditions for the monster myth …
Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition
Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition in Drumnadrochit provides you with a special way of visiting Loch Ness. Along seven different rooms you learn everything about the loch's history, its nature, and its legend.
The journey starts in prehistoric times and leads you through the formation of the lake itself and its mystery in chronological order. The exhibition is interactive and designed to make you feel like you are on a proper expedition. Jury Room and the Loch Ness Archives form the last bit. Listen to reports of eye witnesses, or browse through the archives and read original news reports.
All those who have visited Scotland before know that a kilt, cashmere, and wool shop is an absolute must. Furthermore, the centre has its own Whisky Shop where you can choose among over 1000 different Scottish whiskies, Scottish beers as well as a range of other local specialities, such as shortbread, fudge, or haggis. Naturally, Nessie has its own shop filled with toys, souvenirs, and books surrounding the loch monster. Moreover, a café is on site.
Afterwards you can go on a cruise on the lake, and see if you can spot the monster yourself. The loch is approximately one mile away. Cruises take place hourly, they start right at the centre.
Around Loch Ness
There is a lot to discover around Loch Ness. Inverness, said to be the capital of the Highlands, is only 10 kilometres from the loch. Furthermore, a number of villages, such as Fort Augustus, Drumnadrochit, or Beauly, are situated around the lake. Loch Ness is also a good start or ending point for hikes through the beautiful Highlands.
Urquhart Castle boasts a special view of the loch. You can find it right by the lakeside, only about 2.7 kilometres from Drumnadrochit, where Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition is located.