Scotland has many lochs (aka lakes). Frequently visited ones are Loch Lomond, Loch Fyne, and of course Loch Ness. Going to one of the lochs of Scotland may seem like a social gathering for tourists, but the spectacular view alone is well worth the visit. I’ve been to Loch Ness and I can only highly recommend it.
During the summer this year, a friend and I went to Scotland. We easily planned things to do in Edinburgh and Glasgow, but we also really wanted to go to the Highlands. And part of a visit like that of course includes a loch. We chose Loch Ness – yes the loch that is supposed to be the home of Nessie.
Loch Ness is the second largest loch in Scotland (Loch Lomond is the largest) and has a surface of 56 squared metres. It’s deepest point is over 200m. Situated next to the loch is Urquhart Castle, which ruins are from the 13th to the 16th century. There is a small visitor centre with the castle as well, but that is not the reason why I’m mentioning this castle. The great thing is that it allows you to hike up higher (by stairs in the ruin or to go higher at the hillside). That, of course, provides you with an amazing view over the loch. Oh, and if you want the “real” Scottish experience, there usually is a bagpipe player around as well ;).
Another way to explore Loch Ness (and many other lochs of Scotland) is by boat. Yes, I mean those tourist boats that take people across the loch for quite some money. Honestly, to me it was worth it. You are on a boat with most likely only tourists, but I cannot stress enough the view. Maybe some pictures below can convince you! It was a bit rainy by the end of our boat trip, which was unfortunate, but I guess that is what comes along for free when visiting Scotland. Apart from that, we had a great time taking pictures and enjoying the changing surroundings of the loch. We did our best to spot Nessie but we never came any further than spotting some ducks!