A pin from Loch Ness tourism - depicting the fictional "Nessie"

A pin from Loch Ness tourism – depicting the fictional “Nessie”

Perhaps the most famous Scottish loch is Loch Ness, although there are other large examples such as Loch Awe, Loch Lomond and Loch Tay. I’ve been there a couple of

Loch Ness in Scotland,  the most famous of the Lochs.

Loch Ness in Scotland, the most famous of the Lochs.

times, on the water, and around the western edge of the loch. I just love hearing an authentic Scotsman saying “Loch” in the real Gaelic.

The so-called “Loch Ness Monster” is represented by the pin shown above. To me it is a huge joke designed to promote tourism.

Loch Ness is part of the Great Glen, a scar like fault line which runs over 60 miles from Inverness in the north to Fort William in the south. It is made up of 3 lochs, Loch Lochy, Loch Oich and Loch Ness, with Loch Ness being by far the largest.

A Loch is a tectonic lake resulting from a movement in Earth’s crust. Around 500 million years ago tremors opened up the crack that is now Loch Ness as the land to the north moved around 65 miles south westerly.

During the last ice age, which ended about 10 to 12 thousand years ago, the whole area was covered in 4 thousand feet of ice. In fact the only land mark would have been Ben Nevis to the south. It was this ice which gauged out the trough that Loch Ness lies in. Tremors can still be felt around the loch, the last one in December 1997. The hills surrounding the loch are still rising by 1mm per year.

Location: 2-A4

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