Loch Ness Claims to Fame

  1. Approximately 23 miles (37 km) long and over 1 mile (2.7 k) wide on average.
  2. Loch Ness lies in the Great Glen Fault Line between Fort Augustus and Inverness, which is the longest glen in Scotland.
  3. It is a freshwater Loch made famous by stories and endless searching for the Loch Ness Monster otherwise known as 'Nessie'.
  4. The water temperature is quite stable so it never freezes and the surface of the Loch is 52 ft (15.8m) above sea level.
  5. Loch Ness is the second largest loch by surface area after Loch Lomond and has the greatest volume of water than any other British loch or lake.
  6. The exact deepest point is hard to find but is over 750 ft (230 m).The only Loch deeper is Loch Morar in Lochaber, West Highlands.
  7. There is only 1 island on Loch Ness, Cherry Island at Fort Augustus.
  8. The colour of the water is so dark due to the high content of peat particles present from the surrounding land.   The Loch is connected to the sea of the Moray Firth via the River Ness and Caledonian Canal in the north.
  9. Boat Cruises operate the length of the loch with commentary's and sonar.   Popular activities around Loch Ness include a scenic 360 degrees drive around it, hire a boat, kayak or canoe to experience the Loch from the water, there are also many walking and cycling opportunities including the Great Glen Way and the South Loch Ness trail.