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Yes, it's Scotland's deepest loch. And yes, it has its own brooding Highland charm. But without the fable-or-fiction mystique of the Loch Ness monster, this would be just another picturesque stop on the Scottish nature trail. As it is, Nessie continues to pack them in.

The legend of the Loch Ness Monster in the Scottish Highlands is often regarded as a myth, despite anecdotal sightings and reports of a giant sea-serpent or dragon inhabiting the waters of the Loch. The first photograph of the Loch Ness Monster was published in 1933, while a sonar reading in 1954 seemed to confirm the presence of some kind of underwater creature.

Although the BBC's definitive search in 2003 with 60 sonar and satellite trackers seems conclusive, it’s probably best to visit the waters of the loch and decide for yourself whether Nessie exists and if she is still alive. Visit the Loch Ness Exhibition Centre at Drumnadrochit for a comprehensive look at the phenomenon.

Practical Info

The Loch stretches between Inverness and Fort Augustus. There are tours from Edinburgh, and once there you can take boat rides to the centre of the Loch to look for Nessie yourself.

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Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Small Group Day Trip from Edinburgh

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 823 Reviews

Take the high road to the Scottish Highlands and Loch Ness on a small group day trip from Edinburgh. You'll travel through beautiful Glencoe, admire the ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 11 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $61.44

3-Day Isle of Skye Small Group Tour from Edinburgh

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 209 Reviews

Immerse yourself in the wild beauty of the Highlands and Isle of Skye on a three-day small group excursion from Edinburgh. In three days you'll explore some of ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $384.02

Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Small Group Day Trip from Glasgow

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 175 Reviews

Take the high road to the Scottish Highlands and Loch Ness on a small group day trip from Glasgow. You'll travel through beautiful Glencoe, admire the ...  Read more

Location: Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $71.68

2-Day Loch Ness and Inverness Small Group Tour from Edinburgh

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 101 Reviews

Spend two days exploring Loch Ness and Inverness, past and present, on a small-group trip to the Scottish Highlands from Edinburgh. As you enjoy scenic drives ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $221.88

5-Day Highland Explorer and Isle of Skye Small Group Tour from Edinburgh

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 24 Reviews

See it all on a grand five-day tour of the Highlands of Scotland by minivan - from the ancient Cairngorms and vibrant Inverness to the romantic beauty of the ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 5 days (approx.)

From USD $783.40

3-Day Isle of Skye, Scottish Highlands and the Jacobite Steam Train from Edinburgh

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 22 Reviews

Experience the Highland beauty of the Isle of Skye on a 3-day excursion from Edinburgh. You'll spend two nights on the Isle of Skye, see legendary Loch Ness ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $527.38

5-Day Iona, Mull and the Isle of Skye Small Group Tour from Edinburgh

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 15 Reviews

Visit four romantic Scottish islands in five days on a small group excursion from Edinburgh. You'll explore some of the most dramatic and beautiful scenery on ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 5 days (approx.)

From USD $868.73

Scottish Highlands, Loch Ness and Glen Coe Day Trip from Edinburgh

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 6 Reviews

Immerse yourself in spectacular scenery, beguiling mystery and dramatic history on this day trip from Edinburgh. Traveling to the Scottish Highlands, witness ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $80.22

Full-Day Trip to Loch Ness and the Scottish Highlands

4.5 star rating: Recommended 41 Reviews

Go on a fantastic tour from Edinburgh to explore the legendary myths of Loch Ness and enjoy the diverse range of Scottish Highland scenery. Drive through the ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $83.63

5-Day Isle of Skye, Loch Ness and the Jacobite Steam Train from Edinburgh

4.5 star rating: Recommended 15 Reviews

Explore the Highlands beauty of Scotland's west coast and the Isle of Skye on a 5-day excursion from Edinburgh. This in-depth tour of Scotland’s classic ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 5 days (approx.)

From USD $919.93

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