Where is Loch Ness?
Where is Loch Ness in Scotland?
The Scottish lake, Loch Ness is a large, freshwater loch that is located approximately 37 kilometres (23 miles) southwest of Inverness (the nearest town to the Loch and Highland Capital). The surface of its water sits 6 metres (52 feet) above sea level.
Is Loch Ness Connected to the Sea?
The famous Loch sits between an interlinked series of Scottish waters. At the southern end of the Loch, it is connected to both the River Oich and a section of the Caledonian Canal, which then leads onto Loch Och. At the northern end, there is the Bona Narrows which opens out into Loch Dochfour, which feeds the River Ness and a further section of canal to Inverness, ultimately leading to the North Sea via the Moray Firth.
How Big is Loch Ness?
What size is Loch Ness?
Loch Ness is the second largest loch in Scotland, after Loch Lomond when based on surface area, covering an impressive 56 Km2! At its longest point its waters stretch 36km (about 23 miles), and it has a maximum width of 2.7km (about 1.7 miles wide).
How deep is Loch Ness?
At its deepest point, the Loch Ness waters go down 230m. This makes it the second deepest loch in Scotland after Loch Moar. However, when you consider its expansive surface area and depth together, Loch Ness could be described as the most voluminous/biggest lake in the UK. It is said to contain more water than all the lakes of England and Wales combined!
How long does it take to swim Loch Ness?
Due to the depth of Loch Ness it is recommended to avoid swimming there. The waters remain bitterly cold all year round and therefore, can put swimmers at significant risk of cold water shock or hypothermia.
Those who do swim in loch ness, are trained cold water swimmers, whose bodies have been acclimatised to the otherwise dangerous temperatures. The first person recorded to swim the length of Loch Ness was British teenager, Brenda Sherratt in 1966, who swam the length of it in 31 hours 27 minutes! Since then many have completed this historic swim as either solo swims or as part of relay teams.
The Loch Ness Monster
Loch Ness has been made famous, by the presence of the one and only Loch Ness monster, that is said to lurk beneath it’s surface. Affectionately nicknamed ‘Nessie’, scientists are baffled by her potential existence.
The best known early mention of Nessie that attracted a lot of attention was an article in the Inverness Courier published on 2 May 1933, about a large “beast” or “whale-like fish”. The article discussed a sighting of an enormous creature with the body of a whale rolling in the water in the loch, spotted while she and her husband John were driving on the A82 on the 15 April 1933.
After this story broke, the possibility of a ‘monster’ became a media phenomenon, with London newspapers sending their correspondents to Scotland and even one offer of a £20,000 reward for anyone who could capture the beast. Thus began the start of the many years of obsessive searching for a long-necked, dinosaur looking, aquatic creature.
Since then Nessie has been at the forefront of local folklore and news. There have been over 1000, sometimes unexplainable, eye-witness accounts and sightings that continue to fuel the everlasting presence Nessie has at Loch Ness.
Learn more about the history, folklore and cultural impact of the Loch ness monster in our Loch Ness Monster Guide.
Visit Loch Ness
How to Get Around Loch Ness
It is possible to drive around the famous Loch taking in the views, but if you are feeling more adventurous, why not walk, cycle or horse ride on the new Loch Ness 360 Trail, a 80 miles long scenic circular route taking in the route of the Great Glen Way on the north side and South Loch Ness Trail on the south side. With many boat trips and Nessie tours from Inverness, Fort Augustus and Drumnadrochit, you can also cruise along the loch!
Places to Stay in Loch Ness
If you are looking to make your trip into a holiday, we have the perfect place for you to stay. 8 The Monastery is a luxurious self-catering apartment in the Monastery Fort Augustus Abbey. It is exclusively for our Lords and Ladies and sure to add the touch of noble luxury to your Loch Ness adventures. Learn more about 8 The Monastery here.