Who hasn’t heard of famous Nessie, the supposed monstrous inhabitant of Loch Ness? St. Columba claims the first sighting back in the 6th century, although Nessie’s world-wide fame only started with the publication of photographs in the 1930s.
I have no intention to fuel the discussion about Nessie’s existence any further. However, here are some interesting facts about Loch Ness that might interest you:
- There are about 40 rivers and streams (burns in Scottish) running into Loch Ness.
- Imagine our world population. Multiply it by ten. That is the number of people that can be submerged by the water contained in Loch Ness.
- Loch Ness is situated in the Great Glen. This geological fault runs from Inverness to Fort William and was formed by glaciers during a previous ice age.
- The water in the loch is so squalid that normal visibility is no more than 4 inches. The reason for this lies in the soil around the loch, which contains large amounts of peat.
- Take the water of all the other lochs or lakes in England, Scotland and Wales and you still don’t have the amount of water that Loch Ness contains.
- In 565, St. Colomba’s sighting of Nessie was the first recorded sighting in history. Supposedly a man was attacked by the Loch Ness monster and St. Colomba came to his rescue. By the way, St. Colomba is the Irish monk who converted most of Scotland to Christianity.
- The most famous photo of the Loch Ness monster was taken by a London physician, Robert Kenneth Wilson. His photo, taken in 1934, lifted Nessie from the realm of myths and legends and is still at the centre of controversy today.
- The tourist industry claims to have generated about $37 million in 1993 thanks to the Loch Ness monster. However, this figure declined to an estimated $12.2 million in 2007.
- The 191 metres British Telecom Tower fits comfortably into Loch Ness. With 226, Loch Ness is the deepest loch in Scotland.
- Loch Ness extends for 36.3 kilometres, its maximum width is 2.7 kilometres and its surface area comprises 56.4 km2.
If you have been to Loch Ness, please leave a comment about your personal Nessie experience!