2020 has been an interesting year, hasn’t it? It might have gotten more interesting as Nessie has made her appearance. Let’s make the best out of your Loch Ness trip!

Loch Ness, Scotland is full of history, culture, and myth.
Loch Ness, Scotland is full of history, culture, and myth.
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Exploring Scotland on many bucket lists around the globe. Known for its highlands, rich history, gorgeous scenery, and a little creature we all know and love – the Loch Ness Monster. Southwest of another famous town in Scotland, Inverness, Loch Ness is a large, deep freshwater loch. The murky waters of the loch prey upon the mind of any travelers looking for a view of the famed Loch Ness Monster, Nessie. Castles, forts, ruins, and Scotland’s famed highlands await you. There is more to see than just Nessie, so check out these options as you hunt!

Loch Ness Cruises and Exhibition Centre

Start off your exciting journey of Loch Ness, Scotland, by stopping at the Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition. The Loch Ness Centre has been around for over 30 years and boasts its exhibits with archeological discoveries that date back 500 million years. From eyewitness accounts of Nessie to fossil finds, it is up to you to decide what is fact and fiction.

After exploring the center, note places you would like to see and visit along the way. From Easter to October, The Loch Ness Centre host cruises on the loch throughout the day. Not only will you spy Nessie but also enjoy the freshwater air as you admire Scotland’s highlands on your loch cruise.

Urquhart Castle

Look for Nessie as you take in the views at Urquhart Castle.
Look for Nessie as you take in the views at Urquhart Castle.
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Being a working Medieval fortress in Scotland for 500 years, Urquhart Castle has seen its fair share of action. In such an advantageous position on the loch, it is no wonder Scotland and England fought for this castle. While all that’s left is the castle ruins, you can still take in the Grant Tower and admire the view of the loch and Scotland’s highlands.

Of the things that still survive in Scotland’s castle, you can still gaze into the prison cells, admired the full-sized trebuchet, and the Urquhart Ewer. There are several of Scotland’ artifacts leftover on the castle grounds. There is also a fact-finding quiz on Scotland’s castle in this location. While you’re out looking for Nessie from the battlements, take in the history as well!

Fort Augustus

Fort Augustus sits on the Caledonian Canal where you can spot Nessie!
Fort Augustus sits on the Caledonia Canal where you can spot Nessie!
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Fort Augustus is a gorgeous little hamlet on the southern tip of Loch Ness. Known for walking trails nowadays, Fort Augustus welcomes you with Scotland’s beautiful Loch Ness views. It sits on the over 50 mile long Caledonia Canal. You can view boats sailing to Loch Ness as you walk on Scotland’s Fort Augustus.

If you want to do more than watch the boats to Loch Ness, you may spy a 17th century weaponry demonstration by re-enactors. Stop by The Clansman Centre to watch a show on understanding how people lived, fought, and ultimately survived in 17th century Scotland. Admire Scotland’s famed canal and tour the shops with local crafts and food. Do not forget to look for the Loch Ness Monster at the very tip of the canal! I heard there were sightings.

What would you find interesting about Loch Ness? Would you go look for Nessie?

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