Loch Ness is a large and deep lake in Scotland containing more fresh water than all the lakes in England and Wales combined.
Its surface area is 56 km² (22 sq mi), making it the second-largest lake in Scotland after Loch Lomond. With a depth of 240 m (788 ft), this is the second deepest lake in the country after Loch Morar. Its outlet is the River Ness which flows into the Moray Firth at Inverness.
The lake is said to be the home of the Monster (also known as “Nessie”), a solitary survivor of the long-extinct plesiosaurs.
Loch Ness, like many other lakes in this part of Scotland, is of glacial origin. By the end of the Ice Age, about 12,000 years ago, the lake was probably still a bay. When the land near Inverness, freed from the glacial ice, rose, access to the sea was cut off.
Loch Ness map
Loch Ness is located in the Highlights of Scotland, about 37 km (23 mi) southwest from Inverness and 170 km (105 mi) to the northwest to Edinburgh.
I camped two days at Loch Ness near Lochend, a hamlet on the northern shore of the lake. The water was extremely cold, so I had no desire to swim in it. I have seen neither a monster nor any signs of its existence, but I believe this creature lives in the lake.
The night, comfortably spent sleeping in a tent, was quiet. The only stressful situation for me was that in the morning I found three ticks on my body. Fortunately, they were not infected.
Scotland is one of my most favorite countries – its historic sites and northern nature are so impressive. I would like to come back to this lake someday and also visit the Urquhart Castle and the Falls of Foyers.
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