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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 933 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 $69.41

3-Day Isle of Skye Small Group Tour from Edinburgh

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 239 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 $390.41

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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 190 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 $72.88

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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 112 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 $225.57

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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 31 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 $536.17

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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 28 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 $796.44

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 $883.20

5-Day Best of Scotland Experience from Edinburgh

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 13 Reviews

Experience the natural beauty of Scotland on a 5-day small-group tour through the Lowlands, Northern Highlands, West Coast and the magical Isle of Skye. ...  Read more

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

From USD $780.82

Scottish Highlands Day Trip from Edinburgh with Audio Guide

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

See the highlights of the Scottish Highlands on a full-day trip from Edinburgh, enjoying audio commentary throughout the day! Relax while traveling, watching ...  Read more

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

From USD $85.02

5-Day Orkney Islands Tour from Edinburgh Including the Scottish Highlands

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Venture to the far-flung Orkney Islands on a 5-day tour from Edinburgh with 3-star accommodation included, and visit top Highland towns and attractions, too! ...  Read more

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

From USD $865.85

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