Nessie – if you are visiting Scotland then it is probably on your list to spend some time looking for her! So to help you my plan your trip my idea is to give you suggestions for activities you can do if you are staying with us at Blervie House.
Because there is so much to do I have had to break it down alphabetically and am now currently on N.
So N has to be for Nessie and Loch Ness.
Following the natural fault line of the Great Glen this whole area remains a picturesque and scenic way to enjoy Scotland. With options to walk, drive, cycle, cruise or horse ride around the Loch. Whatever your mode of transport enjoy your visit to this iconic Loch. And take it from me some of the best views of this steep sided Loch are from above the tree line.
By surface area Loch Ness is the second largest Scottish Loch after Loch Lomond. However due to it’s great depth (755 feet) it is the largest freshwater loch by volume in the British Isles. At 22 miles long and 1.5 miles wide, Loch Ness it has to be one of the most famous in the world. I would imagine that due to its murky depths make it an ideal home for legendary Nessie – the Loch Ness Monster.
Northern Point of Loch Ness
At the northern end the Loch runs into the Moray Firth via Inverness. Ness means a headland point or promintory. It is likely to be named from Norse(Nes is used in Scandinavia to describe a headland) or Germanic origins. Inver is Celtic for River mouth. Loch is Gaelic for Lake.
One of the easiest ways to explore the Loch is to take a cruise with Jacobite Cruises. Depending upon the cruise you choose to take your journey takes you along Thomas Telford’s famous Caledonian Canal and onto the world-famous waters of Loch Ness.
The Caledonian Canal
This way you get to experience the history, legends and views of the loch. Look closely at this part of the Caledonian Canal. Conceived in 1773 to avoid sailing via the Pentland Firth (if are taking the ferry to Orkney you may experience the Pentland Firth or ask me when you see me). Another Thomas Telford project the canal was also designed to bring employment into the Highlands and was dug by hand. If you get the chance to visit the Visitor Centre at Fort Augustus it is well worth it.
Make sure you disembark to take in the stirring sights and stories of Urquhart Castle. Once one of the largest Castles in Scotland. Blown up in 1692 to prevent the Jacobites from making use of it. Nowadays the ruins have an excellent visitor centre and a great look out platform. This is said to be the best place to spot Nessie on the Loch!
Southern Point of Loch Ness
At the scenic southern end of the loch stands the picturesque village of Fort Augustus. It was named after the son of George II, William Augustus, also known as ‘the Butcher’ for his brutal repression of the Highlanders after the Battle of Culloden in 1746.
Again if you are at the southern end of the Loch you might notice Cherry Island – a man made Island. During the 15th century a castle stood on the island. Constructed of stone and oak wood it was probably used as a fortified refuge. Look carefully at other Lochs as you travel around Scotland – you may notice other Crannogs. They are quite distinctive.
Many of our visitors enjoy a leisurely cruise and then a visit to the Inverness part of Loch Ness as often their itinerary involves a trip along the Loch to Fort Augustus on their way to or from Skye. You can of course spend the day driving all around the Loch, a distance of some 67 miles exploring different views.