Visiting Loch Ness in Scotland offers more than monsters and lore

When you hear Loch Ness, you immediately picture the slippery monster from the sea that somehow has survived since the days of the dinosaurs. In reality, it is so much more and incredibly beautiful.

Today marks the first sighting of the Loch Ness monster way back in 1933 when the local newspaper Inverness Courier reported about a man claiming to see “an enormous animal rolling and plunging on the surface”, via

Today, visitors trek to the large loch in hopes of getting a glimpse of a monster that may not even be there and probably never was but if there is one thing you should take in is the exceptional beauty of Scotland.

Recently, Loch Ness was named the most “Instagrammable” loch in all of Scotland and has become a popular site for its beauty more than its mysteries. With lush green hills and castle remnants, the Loch Ness can get very busy, especially in the summer months.

DRUMNADROCHIT, UNITED KINGDOM – MARCH 30: Tourists visit Urquhart Castle on Loch Ness on March 30, 2012 in Drumnadrochit, United Kingdom. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

The lake or loch is located in the Highlands of Scotland and is 788 feet deep and 23 miles long. It is the largest freshwater lake in all of Great Britain.

On the western side of Loch Ness you can visit the 16th-century ruins of Urquhart Castle. Many walls of the towers still remain.

The largest city nearest to Loch Ness is Inverness that is due north of the loch at the mouth of the Ness River that feeds the loch. Loch Ness is 580 miles from London and 170 miles from Glasgow. Be sure to visit Drumnadrochit which is the center for local tourism. has a great map with things to do and places to eat around the area and you should definitely make a plan to visit if you will be anywhere in Scotland!