Hello Nessie, Are You In?
Mystery Casebook Thursday, October 18, 2007-It was St Columba, the 6th century Irish born missionary who brought Christianity to western Scotland reported the first sighting of a water monster living in Loch Ness, Scotland. However, it was a couple called Mr. and Mrs. Mackey whom gave a detailed descriptions of what they have saw that initiated a modern craze for the Nessie stories. Their spectacular descriptions which were reported in the Inverness Courier on May 2, 1933 reads as follows: The creature disported itself, rolling and plunging for fully a minute, its body resembling that of a whale, and the water cascading and churning like a simmering cauldron.

The believed of the Loch Ness monster was supported by a blurred pictured, the so called surgeons photographs taken in 1934. This picture showed a long necked creature that moves among ripples. However, recently, it was reported that the image in the surgeons photograph was in deed a piece of shaped wood driven by clockwork.

Loch Ness, which has the largest body of fresh water in Britain, is located in the Scottish Highlands. It extends for approximately 23 miles southwest of Inverness. It contains more water than all the lakes and reservoirs in England and Wales put together. It is very deep and the deepest part is 740 feet as compared to Londons BT Tower which stands at 620 feet.

Due to the formidable nature and formation of the loch, it has certainly given investigators a hard time to search for this elusive monster. Even with the help of modern technology, investigators have yet to find the monster.

Apart from the monster, Loch Ness is definitely a very scenic place. When you are there, you can take a boat cruise to enjoy the spectacular view of the loch. You will never know if Nessie is just beneath you. So, hold thigh to the rail while you are cruising on the boat. After the scenic ride, you can visit the Loch Ness Monster exhibition center at Drumnadrochit which contains information on the legendary creature.

Drumnadrochit is a pretty village where there are hotels, bars, gifts and souvenir shops. There are many good restaurants as well. One of the shops has an excellent glass blowing demonstration. As you walk along the village, you will be able to enjoy the beautiful flowers and the friendly people. Certainly, there are no shortage of accommodation and places to eat while you are there.

Do you know you can even eat the Loch Ness Monster? Well, if you visit the Invermoriston, which is seven miles up the glen, there is a Redburn Caf. This caf is a full Ice Cream Parlor with a concoctions called the Loch Ness Monster. This is a must try if you can make a trip to Invermoriston.

Hello, is Nessie in?

Rose Mary

Freelance Writer

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