Loch Ness, Scotland
Surrounded in myth and exploited by legend, the spectacularly scenic Loch Ness is 23 miles long and is the biggest body of fresh water in Britain. It has been trawled for Nessie, the Loch Ness monster and although some large sonar echoes keep alive the mystery, no proof has been found of the monster. That doesn't stop the traders fleecing tourists with Nessie memorabilia though. If it isn't fantastic scenery and the monster you are after, a fair dose of tranquility can also be found despite the tourist hordes.
23 Jul 2009 - Loch Ness, ScotlandThe west side of Loch Ness is the quick but also busy route. These photos of Loch Ness were taken from the east side. Urquhart castle is best seen from the west but we didn't have the chance to see it because of lack of time. It is perched on the edge of the Loch and is a dramatic site despite being just ruins. It was repeatedly sacked and damaged over the centuries but it came to be in the form it is now after being blown up in 1692 to prevent the Jacobites from using it.
Loch Ness - Mystery of the Loch
Clouds earily hide the sun..
Loch Ness - The veil lifts
The showers soon passed lifting the gloom.
The Great Glen - Unidentified Loch
Driving back from Inverness along the east side of Loch Ness is by far more scenic and the roads are much quieter. The usual fantastic views are on offer and as I came over a hill I was greeted by this magnificent sight.