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Loch Ness (Highlands)
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Loch Ness (Highlands)
Advantages: beautiful scenery, peaceful
Disadvantages: weather can be bad
Loch Ness is the largest body of freshwater in Britain, but the second largest based on surface area after Loch Lomond. There is more water contained within Loch Ness than all of the other lakes in England, Scotland and Wales put together - what an amazing fact! It is one of a series of interlinked Lochs which runs along the 'Great Glen' - a fault line which runs over 60 miles from Inverness to Fort William. This is no coincidence; the Loch is a tectonic lake resulting from movement of the Earths crust.
I have visited Loch Ness many times as we used to holiday in Scotland a lot when I was a boy. Back then I didn't really appreciate the natural beauty of the Loch and was more interested in trying to spot the Loch Ness Monster! However, I have since returned and find it quite astonishing. It is a lovely place to go walking as the countryside which surrounds is lovely and so tranquil. There is more to do than just go walking though, the Scottish love their golf and there are many great courses close by. In addition to this you can also rent mountain bikes, go windsurfing and experience paragliding and skiing on the Nevis Range.
Other facts about Loch Ness:
- The only island on Loch Ness is Cherry Island, visible at its south-western end, near Fort Augustus. It is a crannog, which is a form of artificial island.
- Loch Ness serves as the lower storage reservoir for the Foyers pumped-storage hydroelectric scheme, which was the first of its kind in United Kingdom.
- You can take a boat ride up the loch (Deepscan Passenger Cruises), adults £10, children £6.
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Summary: a must see
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