Loch Ness Journals

Seeking Nessie

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A July 2011 trip to Loch Ness by BawBaw

Urquhart Castle Photo, Drumnadrochit, Scotland More Photos
Quote: In July 2011, Hiimself and Yours Truly traveled with our grandson to Loch Ness. Our primary objective was to visit Urquhart Castle. Still, the legend of Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster, was no small pull--especially for our grandson. Here's how we slipped the search for Nessie into other activities.

The Falls of Foyers

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Attraction | "Falls of Foyers - With Thanks to Nessie"

Upper Foyers Photo, Inverness, Scotland
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You might say that we owe a debt of gratitude to the Loch Ness Monster for our discovery of the Falls of Foyers. We were peacefully eating breakfast at our hotel on the east side of Loch Ness when we mentioned to our host that, although our 11-year-old grandson doubted the existence of Nessie, we (and he) wanted to spend a bit of time looking for the elusive beast. After all, who goes to Loch Ness and does NOT look for Nessie?Our host responded that perhaps we ought to pop over to Foyers and take a look from there. He then shared that there had recently been a sighting from Foyers—by a local of impeccable character. So if we were in search of Nessie, we should give Foyers a try before ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 5, 2011

The Falls of Foyers
Southeast Side Of Loch Ness
Loch Ness, Scotland

Urquhart Castle

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Attraction | "Urquhart Castle – aka, Nessie Central"

Urquhart Castle Photo, Drumnadrochit, Scotland
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Urquhart Castle is an impressive ruin on the western shore of Loch Ness, near the village of Drumnadrochit. For those driving along the A82 between Fort Augustus and Inverness, Urquhart can quite simply take the breath away. It sits beautiful and serene on a small spit of land extending into and slightly above the loch. The ruins are graceful, honed by time into a tranquil scene that belies their original purpose as a stronghold for waging the endless clan wars of the region—not to mention the wars between the Scots and the English.Pass the castle at night and it will be floodlit, its stones appearing golden in the surrounding darkness. Pass it in spring, and the bright yellow accents ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 4, 2011

Urquhart Castle

Drumnadrochit

Cruise Loch Ness

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Attraction | "Cruising the Loch"

Cruise Loch Ness Photo, Loch Ness, Scotland
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No self-respecting Nessie hunter, regardless of how skeptical he or she might be, can wander off in search of the elusive monster without venturing out onto the surface of Loch Ness itself. So it was that Himself, Yours Truly, and our 11-year-old grandson boarded the Deepscan to take an up-close and personal look at what might rightfully be regarded as the world’s most mysterious lake.Our journey began at the front desk of the Drumnadrochit Hotel (the new one), where we paid our fee and were advised when to return for our spin around the loch. At the appointed hour, we boarded a shuttle that took us to the local marina, then embarked on the craft itself. The Deepscan is a smallish cruis...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 5, 2011

Cruise Loch Ness
Knockburnie
Fort Augustus
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Loch Ness Exhibition Centre

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Attraction | "Where's Nessie?"

Loch Ness Exhibition Centre Photo, Drumnadrochit, Scotland
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Himself, Yours Truly, and our 11-year-old grandson visited the Loch Ness Exhibition Centre in hopes of learning a bit more about Nessie lore. What we found was something entirely different. To the diehard Nessie enthusiast, it will likely be a great disappointment. That’s because, as its name clearly states, the primary focus of the Loch Ness Exhibition Centre is on the loch itself—not the famous monster that is its namesake.Don’t misunderstand. It’s not that Nessie isn’t mentioned. It’s a bit more subtle than that. What the Centre does is to explain the mythology surrounding the elusive beast in the light of scientific inquiry and exploration. So instead of viewing the evidence ‘for...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 8, 2011

Loch Ness Exhibition Centre
Drumnadrochit
Inverness, Scotland

Whitebridge Hotel

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Hotel | "Lodging East of Loch Ness"

Whitebridge Hotel Photo, Loch Ness, Scotland
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When Himself and Yours Truly planned our trip to Britain earlier this year, a visit to Loch Ness was high on the itinerary agenda. This trip was for our 11-year-old grandson, and it was his wish to see castles. Urquhart Castle was on the short list of must-see attractions. A secondary attraction in this particular region, of course, was Nessie herself—the infamous Loch Ness Monster. None of us could be classified as Nessie diehards, but the mythology of the illusive beast was definitely appealing, particularly for our grandson.Finding a place to stay in this area is never easy, especially if you require a triple or quadruple accommodation. The obvious choice would have been the Drumna...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 9, 2011

Whitebridge Hotel
Whitebridge
Stratherrick Nr. Inverness
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