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Loch Ness Visitor Information Guide

The Great Glen offers a wonderful back drop for your bed and breakfast stay with the A82 providing the route North or South for you to discover.

The great glen slices across the highlands from loch Linnhe to the Moray firth with a series of fresh water lochs linked by stretches of the Caledonian canal, a total length of 60 miles, 38 miles of natural locks and 22 miles of man made water ways with 29 locks needed to deal with the varying levels of natural lochs one of the most spectacular being Neptune’s staircase at Banavie near fort William.

Loch Ness is the home of the loch Ness monster first sighting was by a monk in the 8th century. Today every body has an opinion, there are plenty of guided trips and expedition centres for you to make up your own mind.

The great glen is a vast centre of activities from out door sports both in the summer and the winter for every level of ability to the food and of course the whisky from the local distilleries here.

The pleasantly pastoral aspect with its forested sides and various settlements, lacks the rugged grandeur of some of the north western lochs. The narrow and 23 mile long loch has a maximum depth of 754ft. These dark waters are the home of the elusive Nessie. It was here that the racing motorist John Cobb (d 1952) lost his life in an attempt to beat the water speed record. A roadside memorial commemorates his attempt. The village of Foyers on the far side was the site of an aluminium smelter which closed in 1967. There are few glimpses of the loch prior to Drummadrochit due to the tree screen. Urquhart Castle. Fairly steep path and stairs down to the castle. The ruins are strategically set on a rocky promontory jutting forth into Loch Ness. The castle was one of a chain of strongholds garrisoning the Great Glen, a fact which gave it a turbulent history. Seen from the roadside the various parts are easy to distinguish.

Loch Ness & The Great Glen The great glen slices across the highlands from loch Linnhe to the Moray firth with a series of fresh water lochs linked by stretches of the Caledonian canal, a total length of 60 miles, 38 miles of natural locks and 22 miles of man made water ways with 29 locks needed to deal with the varying levels of natural lochs one of the most spectacular being Neptune’s staircase at Banavie near fort William.

Loch Ness is the home of the loch Ness monster first sighting was by a monk in the 8th century. Today every body has an opinion, there are plenty of guided trips and expedition centres for you to make up your own mind.

The great glen is a vast centre of activities from out door sports both in the summer and the winter for every level of ability to the food and of course the whisky from the local distilleries here.

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