Loch Ness

[View of Loch Ness from Dores]

Loch Ness is the Scotland's largest loch by volume, extending 23 miles south-west from Inverness. According to VisitBritain, more than 200,000 overseas visitors flock to its shores each year, making it one of the most popular destinations in the Highlands. Why? Because of the Loch Ness Monster which reputedly inhabits the deeps here. Whether or not you catch a glimpse of Nessie doesn't matter, as a varied set of visitor attractions and beauty spots encircle the loch, often irritatingly crowded in peak season but deservedly so. The distances involved make it an ideal day's driving tour from Inverness, taking in Dores, the Falls of Foyers and Carn an t-Suidhe on the quieter east bank en route to Fort Augustus at the head of the loch. Invermoriston, Urquhart Castle and Drumnadrochit on the busy west bank complete the circuit. As for whether it's worth coming all the way here on a single-day tour from the Central Belt, we're not so enthusiastic: there are dozens of closer lochs to visit which are equally beautiful.

[Loch Ness at Urquhart Castle]

Name: Loch Ness ★☆☆
Location: G.R.: NH 545295 ///uttering.marriage.landscape

[Loch Ness from Fort Augustus]

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