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Exploring Loch Ness and Inverness

Looking for the Loch Ness Monster

Since the 6th century, and the time of Saint Columba, there have been murmurings that there is something unusual living in Britain’s largest freshwater lake. Its image has become iconic—the long neck, the humped back protruding from the water—and despite seemingly unceasing progress in the fields of technology and science, Nessie still captures the public imagination. Indeed, 2017 was a ‘record year’ for sightings of Scotland’s most famous denizen of the deep. In the spring of 2018, the New Zealand scientist Professor Neil Gemmell announced that he would lead a team of researchers to the Loch to see what he might find using the latest DNA sampling techniques.

Visitors to Inverness may be tempted to see for themselves. They wouldn’t be alone: Nessie is almost unique among creatures whose existence is disputed in that there are so many people who are convinced of its authenticity. Half a million people travel to the loch every year. And there’s something very Scottish in the affectionate way in which the locals talk of Nessie. Neither the Yeti nor Bigfoot have managed to inspire such tenderness and warmth.

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Black and white image of what appears to be a monster in the loch