Loch Ness tours are a great option when visiting Inverness and the Scottish Highlands.
Loch Ness is one of the main attractions near Inverness, it is a magnificent sight and many folk come ‘Nessie Hunting’ hoping for that exclusive picture!
Here are some facts about this spectacular loch –
- Loch Ness lies on the Great Glen Fault which runs from Inverness to Fort William. Glen means steep sided valley.
- 36.3 km in length running south west from Inverness.
- 2.7 km wide at widest point.
- Loch Ness is 15.8 metres above sea level.
- 56.4 square km surface area – the second largest in Scotland.
- Loch Ness contains 16.43 million gallons of water. Largest loch by volume in Scotland.
- It contains more water than all the other lochs in Scotland, England and Wales put together.
- The deep water is a constant 42 degrees Fahrenheit, 5 degrees Celsius.
- Core samples have been taken which have reached glacial clays.
- It is fresh acidic water.
- Loch Ness never freezes over.
- It is connected to the sea by the Caledonian Canal and the River Ness.
- It is fed by 7 major rivers, the only outlet is the River Ness which flows 7 miles through Inverness into the Moray Firth
- Boats enter and leave Loch Ness through a series of locks.
- Cherry Island is the only island in Loch Ness, it is in fact a crannog (artificial island) formed in the Iron Age.
- The Yellow Submarine found at the Loch Ness exhibition center was skippered in the loch by Dan Taylor in 1969.
- St Columba is supposed to have encountered the monster in 565AD, twice!!
- The Hydro Electric scheme at Foyers generates power from the force of water coming down a tunnel from Loch Mhor during the day and pumps it back up at night.
- There is no road from Foyers along the shore to Fort Augustas. The road has an beautiful inland route well worth seeing.
Book now and enjoy a spectacular day!