The hunt for Nessie – a road trip with a difference

Ever thought of going on your own family hunt for ‘Nessie’ the Loch Ness Monster?  Don’t doubt the intrigue and hours of fun this will provide your kids, and you’ll get to enjoy one of Scotland’s most stunning and peaceful lakes.

One weekend in May, our hunt began by getting a good night’s sleep at a hotel in Inverness town centre, then waking up early the next morning to track down this legendry beastie of the Loch (Lake). For a Nessie hunt you will need: a map, binoculars and most importantly, a camera for capturing the world’s most notoriously shy subject. To entice Nessie, my youngest even packed breadcrumbs and some recently purchased Scottish shortbreads!

As soon as you leave Inverness town by car and approach the lakeside road drive, the spectacular scenery has an instantly calming and tranquil effect upon everyone. Just relax and take in the forested rolling hills and cotton wool clouds in a vast expanse of blue sky.  You can stop safely at the many vantage points along the route and pause for reflection.

So here’s our photo story on the search for Nessie:

One fine day, on Loch Ness, we paused to take a closer look at the clear still waters…


Where did that ripple come from?


And what was that splash?


Look over there, is that a long trail left by Nessie?


That must definitely be Nessie under the mysterious wave!


Where did he go? Let’s see if there’s any sign of him from the top of Urquhart castle…


Perhaps that massive Trebuchet keeps him away!


Some people searched for Nessie in sailing boats and dingies.


We travelled onwards, past solitary sailing boats …


And secret waterfalls…


But all signs of the Loch Ness Monster had vanished.

Nessie may have been playing tricks on us that day. But our memorable road trip round Loch Ness with its natural beauty and enchanting features was a great family adventure.

Travel Information:

When to go: The best time of year to visit is between May and September.

Getting there: You can fly direct to Inverness airport on British Airways, Easyjet or Flybe  (flight time 1 hour 35 mins from London). By car from Edinburgh is approx 3 hours drive (156 miles). Inverness also has good links by rail and coach.

Where to Stay: There are plenty of family friendly hotels to suit all budgets.

Entry to Urquhart Castle and visitor centre for a family of four is £25.40  But if you plan on touring Scotland, we recommend purchasing the 3 day Historic Scotland Explorer Family Pass for £58 this provides entry to 78 properties including Edinburgh, Stirling and Urquhart Castles.

Written by Sonia Zubri

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