#363: Go on a Nessie Searching Tour

Searching for Nessie

Searching for Nessie

 

LOCATION: Loch Ness, Scottish Highlands, Scotland

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A mythical lore, dragon like creature that dates back all the way to the 6th century is located in Scotland, so how could you not go on a boat to search for the famous Nessie? Do I believe that Nessie actually exists? Of course not, but it was fun to try to look for her on the lake.

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The story of Nessie, a monster that inhabits Loch Ness, a lake in the Scottish Highlands was first brought to the world’s attention in 1933 but dates further back in smaller sighting stories. A London man once reported to the newspaper that him and his wife had seen a dragon like animal near the lake with an animal in its mouth. Later that year, the first photograph of the monster was taken by Hugh Gray. The evidence contains much disputed material and often gets explanations such as  birds, eels, sharks and seals but has also never has been completely denied. It was my turn to search for this Nessie and I was bound to find her!

Paper showing an undisclosed object. Nessie?

Paper showing an undisclosed object. Nessie?

The tour takes you through the Scottish Highlands, which are magical.

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Scottish highlands

Scottish highlands

Scottish highlands

Scottish highlands

Scottish highlands

Scottish highlands

Scottish highlands

Scottish highlands

It rained throughout the day, a first for our trip, but maintained to clear up anytime we stopped for pictures. (We got lucky!) There’s a small town near Loch Ness but we didn’t have time to explore since our boat ride was an hour and took up our city exploration time.

Loch Ness

Loch Ness

Loch Ness

Loch Ness

The boat took us along the lake and the crew gave a lecture on sonar in the area. With the lake being so deep and very dark and murky, only three successful dives have been done in the area. This means, no real exploration and explanation can be made for this monster.

Talking about the sonar on board

Talking about the sonar on board

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Sonar

Sonar

We viewed a recent sonar picture taken that shows a large object that can’t be explained. While, sonar is hard to read, the small dots represent fish. I managed to take a sonar picture of a large group of fish.

Little dots are fish. What is the big thing at top? Did I find Nessie???

Little dots are fish. What is the big thing at top? Did I find Nessie???

Found her!

Found her!

Did I possibly spot Nessie?? Who knows, but in the mean time I’ll stick with the Nessie stickers along the boat windows for my sighting pleasure.

*Thank you Lori, Ryan, Shiran and Omar for accompanying me on this adventure.

Would I do this again? Sure, it was fun. I would do it on my own time and not through a tour. It would have been nice to see the city some.

How to do this: Book a tour through several companies. I used Rabbies. https://www.rabbies.com/tours_scotland_edinburgh/loch_ness_glencoe_1_day_tour.asp?lng=en Tour is 45 Euros and then 12 Euros for the lochness boat ride. TAKE FOOD as there isn’t a lot of time to eat.

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