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Famous for the stories of sightings of the Loch Ness Monster, the Loch Ness in Scotland is one of the most visited places in the country. It lies in the Highland council area of Scotland.
See the fact file below for more information on the Loch Ness or alternatively, you can download our 23-page Loch Ness worksheet pack to utilise within the classroom or home environment.
Key Facts & Information
- Loch Ness, about 37 kilometers wide, is a deep, broad, freshwater lake located southwest of Inverness in the Scottish Highlands. It is 230 meters deep and is 16 meters above sea level.
- Loch Ness, having a surface area of 56 km2, is the second-largest Scottish lake, but it has the largest volume in the British Isles because of its depth.
- The lake, or loch, forms a part of the waterways system laid across Scotland that Thomas Telford linked with the Caledonian Canal.
- Over 1,800 kilometers is covered by Loch Ness’s watershed. It includes several rivers, such as the Enrick and the Oich rivers.
- The River Ness, the outlet of the lake, flows into Moray Firth located at Inverness.
- The Loch Ness runs from north in Inverness to the south in Fort Augustus, making it the largest body of water in the area of the Great Glen.
- The loch was once covered in a thick sheet of ice and only came about around 10,000 years ago.
- The level of Loch Ness rises and falls sharply, and this is one of the reasons why there is only a small number of flora in the water. The loch also has sparse abyssal fauna.
LOCH NESS AND NESSIE
- The Loch Ness Monster, or affectionately called Nessie, is a creature that is believed to be living in the Loch Ness.
- It is described to be a large creature that has a long neck with one or more humps showing from the water.
- Stories and reports about the monster have been around since ancient times. Stone carvings by Picts tell about an unknown beast that has flippers.
- One of the most popular articles about this creature was published in the Inverness Courier on May 2, 1933. Alex Campbell wrote about the sighting by Aldie Mackay of a gigantic beast with a whale’s body rolling in the water.
- In 1934, the popular “surgeon’s photograph” was taken by Robert Kenneth Wilson, who concealed his identity. The photograph shows the monster’s small head and long neck. The creature then became an international sensation.
- The creature is speculated to be a plesiosaur, a reptile that has been extinct for over 65.5 million years.
- Many more sightings of the alleged creature have been published in newspapers and magazines over the years. And this has attracted monster hunters into the Loch Ness area. Several sonar explorations were performed to locate Nessie with no success.
- Most pictures and videos that claim to show Nessie have been discredited as a hoax or as showing other objects or animals. This includes the famous “surgeon’s photograph.”
- Many books have also been written about the Loch Ness and the monster that resides in it. Some films and documentaries were also inspired by Nessie.
- Nessie is, by far, the most famous “cryptid,” a creature whose existence is believed by the general public but is not recognized by established science.
- Despite all of the sightings, Nessie’s existence in the Loch Ness just won’t be possible. For one, Loch Ness is too cold for reptiles, and the loch doesn’t have enough fish to sustain Nessie’s diet.
VILLAGES AND PLACES AROUND LOCH NESS
- The “Loch Ness Center and Exhibition” offers boat cruises that give tourists a chance to look for the famous Loch Ness Monster. It is located in Drumnadrochit, a village on the west shore of the loch.
- The Urquhart Castle on the northwestern shore is a famous tourist spot. It is one of the biggest castles in Scotland and is third in the most visited castles in the country.
- Cherry Island, at the southwestern end of Ness, is an artificial island estimated to have been constructed during the Iron Age. The island is approximately 140 meters away from the loch’s shore and was initially 49 meters by 51 meters across. When the loch was entered into the Caledonian Canal, its water level rose, subsequently submerging parts of the island.
- The Foyers pumped-storage hydroelectric system utilizes the Loch Ness as its lower storage reservoir.
- The Glendoe Hydro Scheme is above the Loch Ness and is located near Fort Augustus.
Loch Ness Worksheets
This is a fantastic bundle which includes everything you need to know about the Loch Ness across 23 in-depth pages. These are ready-to-use Loch Ness worksheets that are perfect for teaching students about the Loch Ness in Scotland which is one of the most visited places in the country. It lies in the Highland council area of Scotland.
Complete List Of Included Worksheets
- Loch Ness Facts
- Selected Truth
- Lake and Castles
- Travelling Dream
- Across the Lake
- Monster Vision
- Believe it or Not
- Famous and Untamed
- A Cherry on the Loch
- Mysteries of the Water
- Past the Castle
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