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Those looking for a different day out in the UK may want to consider taking a trip to Scotland in pursuit of the legendary Loch Ness Monster.

A source of fascination for decades, Nessie is rumoured to lurk in Loch Ness, which is Britain's longest body of fresh water.

The loch is located along the Great Glen fault line, which is a geological rift between Inverness and Fort William. The line divides the north-east Highlands with the south-west and at this point of geological significance lie three stunning lochs: Loch Ness, Loch Oich and Loch Lochy.

Furthermore, the area that Nessie has chosen to make her home also boasts the stunning fjords of Loch Linnhe and the Moray Firth.

However, of all these natural wonders, it is Loch Ness that is best known. The expanse of water is 23.5 miles long and 250 metres deep in some places. Visitors can drive along its side on the A82 if they dare not get out and come face to face with the monster.

While sightings of her have declined in recent years, that is not to say that she has passed away or moved on to pastures new - and fresh pictures of her always generate interest in the press.

Many submarines have been lowered into the loch in the hope of getting to the bottom of exactly what type of creature Nessie is, but the mystery remains unsolved.

Those wanting to understand the legend of the Loch Ness Monster can visit themed exhibition centres at Drumnadrochit, which document the long hunt for the creature. From sonar searches, underwater cameras and computer studies of the monster, it is all detailed here.

However, if visitors do not find the aquatic wonder, then the loch and surrounding highlands are beautiful enough to make for a great walking holiday in the rugged Scottish outdoors.

The nearby castle Urquhart, built on the south end of Urquhart Bay, also makes for a wonderful visit. It dates back to the 13th century and history fans will love exploring the ruins and the exhibition, which features an audio visual display, that explains the heritage of the sight.
There are also a number of walks, including the Great Glen Way, which are marked for rambling enthusiasts, and the Great Glen Cycleway for fans of two-wheeled travel.

But if there is one thing visitors should remember it is to always have their cameras with them … just in case Nessie pops her neck above water for a precious second.


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