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Loch Ness is the largest body of freshwater in Britain stretching nearly 23 miles from Fort Augustus in the west to within a few miles of Inverness in the Scottish Highlands. Lying on the Great Glen Fault Line only a mile or so wide, but up to 800 foot deep, its dark peat stained waters mean is visibilty lost within few feet of the surface. On the route of the Caledonian Canal constructed early in the 19th Century by the great engineer Thomas Telford.
Most famous for the Loch Ness Monster, who cynics delight in pointing out regularly puts in an appearance just before the start of the tourist season each year. Drumnadrochit is the self styled monster capital of Scotland as well as offering a wide choice of places to stay, from bed and breakfast to hotels, to cottages overlooking the Loch. The village is also the place to find that perfect souvenir, from mugs to postcards to toy models. Visit the two Exhibitions for information on the latest nessie sightings including lots Loch Ness monster pictures.
Urquhart Castle. On the North shore of Loch Ness a few miles south of Drumnadrochit. Most monster sightings are from Nessie spottings are the so romantic ruins of Urquhart Castle-once one the the largest inhabited castles in Scotland.
A castle has stood on the site since the 13th century. Though mostly in ruins since being blown up in 1692 to prevent it falling into the hands of the Jacobites, the remaining buildings date largely from the 14th century.
Though not known with certainty it is believed the castle was once a stronghold of Bruce King of the Picts. It is also thought that St Columba visited the castle in the 6th century, providing us with the first written account of The Loch Ness Monster, from whom one of his monks had a narrow escape. Climb to the top of the Tower House for great views over the Loch. It is a steep walk down to the Castle from the Car Park alongside the A82. A new visitor centre opened late in 2001.
The Waterside Inverness Hotel 3* The hotel is located along the River Ness, walking distance from the city centre and twenty mins drive from Loch Ness. We are just a short 5 minute walk from Eden Court Theatre and within walking distance of Sports Centre and Aquadome (swimming pool).
Thistle Inverness Hotel 4* This modern 118-bedroom hotel situated less than one mile from Inverness town centre with easy access to A9 (North and South) and A96 (Aberdeen) and 15 minutes from the airport. The hotel is an excellent tourist base, close to Loch Ness, Culloden Battlefield, whisky trail
Glenmoriston Town House Inverness 4* The Hotel nestled on the banks of the River Ness is ideal for business and pleasure alike, with 30 individually designed bedrooms many with stunning river views. 2 Rosette Restaurant and a 3 Michelin Star Chef.
Inverness Bed and Breakfast Glenan Lodge Guest House Tomatin (Nr Inverness) 3 diamonds a traditional country house in a village location in the midst of the Monadliath mountains just 15 miles south of Inverness and 15 miles north of Aviemore on the main A9. We are fully non-smoking. We have a comfortable guest lounge with video, a homely dining room and licenced bar. Home cooked evening meals are available on request. We are ideally situated for walking, cycling, bird-watching, mountain biking or just touring the Hihglands - Loch Ness and the ski area at Aviemore
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