Loch Ness Travel Guide
Loch Ness Local History
The first recorded sighting of Nessie occurred in 565AD by St Columbia, a fairly credible witness if there ever was. Things were fairly quiet until the 1930s when a couple saw 'an enormous animal rolling and plunging' in the center of the loch. This spurred a number of stories, many of them making headlines in the UK and abroad.
These days a massive majority of the local economy benefits from this legend as it draws tourists from all over the world to see if they can catch a glimpse of the elusive monster.
Loch Ness Attractions
The Loch Ness Monster Museum Featuring a scale replica of the legendary Loch Ness Monster or Nessie as she is affectionally known, this museum opened in 1980. The museum follows the story of Nessie from the first sighting in AD 565 to the present and includes a host of photographs and audiovisual exhibits. The museum is open from 9am to 6pm depending on the season. The admission fee is around £6 for adults.
Loch Ness Cruises There are a host of companies offering cruises on this legendary loch. If the weather is cooperating this can be an extremely enjoyable experience as the countryside is even more beautiful from the water. Keep your camera handy, because who knows, you may just catch a glimpse of Nessie.
Urquhart Castle Situated on a promontory overlooking Loch Ness, this is one of the largest castle ruins in the country. The castle was the seat of the rant clan in 1509 from which period most of the ruins date. It is from this castle that most of the Loch Ness Monster sightings are reported. The castle is open daily from 9.30am to 6.30pm.
The Steading Country Pub This pub restaurant offers some great local ales as well as lovely food, it is set in a lovely rural location in Glenurquhart. The restaurant is open from 1pm and often has local bands on Saturday evenings.
submitted by Kirstie Walker, 13/06/08
Best Pub Restaurant The best pub in the highlands. The lasagne is probably the best I have tasted!!
submitted by Hillary Grant, 30/04/05
Loch Ness Restaurants and Bars
The national dish of Scotland is haggis definitely one of the more controversial dishes you will encounter. Haggis is not a bird as many tourists are told and it cannot be 'hunted'. Cooked in a sheep's bladder it is made with bits and pieces of the lung, liver and heart of the sheep, mixed with suet, spices, oatmeal and onions.
Loch Ness Restaurants
The Auld Hoose This small intimate restaurant is full of charm and offers two choices for dining. Upstairs is for fine dining and downstairs offers a less formal experience. The menus are both excellent with plenty to chose from. The address is 99 Castle Street in Inverness.
Seafields Restaurant This restaurant is open every day and serves everything from tea and coffee to snacks and meals. The owners pride themselves on using local ingredients wherever possible which adds to the charm. You can locate the restaurant at Gollanfield in Inverness.
Loch Ness Bars & Clubs
Johnny Foxes Featuring a variety of local and international beers as well as a decent selection of scotches and other spirits, this friendly pub is a good place to come for drinks especially with its good prices. The address is 26 Bank Street in Inverness.
Blackfriars This pub features a fine selection of 9 ales on tap as well as a selection that includes over 30 malt whiskies. The address is 93 Academy Street in Inverness.
Glenalbyn Centrally situated in downtown Inverness, the Glen as it is known is really friendly and offers good service. The location is doubly useful as a place to meet before or after any other nighttime activity. The address is 2 Young Street.
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Useful Loch Ness Links
Fort Augustus Website
Unofficial community website for Fort Augustus with information on shops, attractions and accommodation in Fort Augustus.
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