The romance of Loch Ness, in Scotland

The romance of Loch Ness, in Scotland
A romantic trip to Scotland with its glens and highlands is a must for anyone with romance on their minds. Scotland and particularly Inverness is one of the prettiest parts of the world and particularly in the Spring. This is the time for all the briar roses to bloom and the gorse makes yellow splotches on the hill sides.

We wanted to go and see the Loch Ness and hopefully see the monster if we got lucky! We were staying with friends in Allness and Mrinalini Chakravarti my classmate and friend helped us get around with ease. Getting up early we headed for the bus stand and took the bus into Inverness. Hardly had we reached when there was another bus all ready and waiting to our luck, off to quaint sounding Drumnadrochit and Loch Ness.

As the bus trundled along we looked out the window at breath taking scenery. Scotland is beautiful and on a sunny day even more so! The gorse was in glorious bloom everywhere and the tinges of purple on the hillside showed us that heather would soon bloom and follow.

Standing alone on the high road above the Loch (means lake in Scottish) Ness we ruminated about the Loch Ness Monster and the stories that bring hundreds of visitors just hoping for a glimpse. It's said that the first recorded sighting of the Loch Ness monster was in 565 AD, when followers of the missionary St. Columba reportedly saw a monster in the Loch.

In 2009, a man claimed he saw the Loch Ness monster via Google Earth satellite and since 1987, bookmaker William Hill has paid the Natural History Museum in London an annual fee of £1,000 to ensure that its experts would confirm Nessie’s identity, should the monster ever be found.

A 2006 a survey undertaken named the Loch Ness Monster as the most famous Scot—surpassing both poet Robert Burns and actor Sir Sean Connery.

The Loch Ness is the largest freshwater lake in Great Britain.The Loch Ness is 788 feet deep and about 23 miles long. Besides the Loch Ness, other very deep bodies of water in Scotland and Scandinavia are said to be inhabited by an aquatic monster.

One explanation for Nessie says that, because the Loch is directly over the Great Glen Fault, “sightings” are actually disturbances on the water surface caused by fault activity. It’s been suggested that Nessie died as a result of global warming. In 2005, 100 athletes taking part in Scotland’s biggest triathlon were reportedly each insured for £1 million against bites from the Loch Ness Monster.

Explanations for aquatic monsters are endless, and include theories like large fish, optical illusions, and massive underwater waves.

The Great Glen in the Scottish highlands is a rift valley 60 miles long and contains three famous lochs, Lochy, Oich and Ness. The most famous of these is Loch Ness because of the monster said to lurk in its deep waters. It is deeper than the North Sea and is very long and very, very narrow and has never been known to freeze.

The world famous Loch Ness monster, known affectionately as "Nessie" by most people and by the scientific believers as Nessiteras rhombopteryx goes back a long, long way, the first recorded sighting being by no less a person than a holy saint. The saint was St. Columba and the year 565 AD.

In a letter to 'The Scotsman' newspaper in 1933 from a Mr. D Murray Rose was the next appearance of 'Nessie'. He tells of a story in an old book that spoke of the slaying of dragons and: "It goes on to say that Fraser (of Glenvackie) killed the last known dragon in Scotland, but no-one has yet managed to slay the monster of Loch Ness lately seen."

The story referred to is dated around 1520, but the letter to the newspaper in 1933 started a spate of references to 'leviathans in the loch' and a host of sightings of the fabled monster. This was encouraged by the new road - now the A82 - that was being blasted along the north side of Loch Ness and afforded an unimpaired view of the whole of the loch. It was also in 1933, a time of depression and general misery that Mr. and Mrs. Mackay, owners of the Drumnadrochit hotel were travelling along the new road.

According to their account they saw in the centre of the loch "an enormous animal rolling and plunging." Cynics may say that being the owners of the Drumnadrochit hotel, this couple may well have wanted to see a monster but apparently they did not tell this story widely, although they did tell it to a young water bailiff in Fort Augustus who happened to be a correspondent for the 'Inverness Courier' newspaper.

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