One of the oldest mysteries of the planet which is yet to be solved is that of the legendary Loch Ness monster. The sightings of a strange animal in the lake was first reported back in 1802, and for the next 200 years it has been a subject of the exact same level of interest and fascination. In fact, most of the people who visit the lake area carry a secret hope of catching a glimpse of Nessie (an affectionate nickname bestowed on this large unknown animal). Reports from the people who claimed to have seen Nessie suggest that the monster bears a close resemblance to the long-extinct Plesiosaurs.
Whether the Loch Ness monster now exists or ever existed in the lake is yet to be discovered, but no one comes back from the Loch Ness with an empty hand. Situated in the Scottish Highlands, it is the second largest lake in Scotland by surface area and the largest by water volume. Loch Ness carries more fresh water in it in comparison to all the lakes in Wales and England combined. The stunningly picturesque beauty of the area around the lake is a dream world for shutterbugs. Loch Ness is a great place to go on hiking with your camera always on the ready as this is the place where you will be getting plenty of sudden opportunities to capture breathtaking moments.
One place you must pay a visit is the Urquhart Castle. It is the most popular site in the Loch Ness area and is open all year for tourists. Although the castle is mostly in ruins, but its majesty still reflects prominently in its turrets, walls and the keep. And added to this is an awe-inspiring view of the entire lake from the castle premises. The Urquhart Castle had been associated with famous names and important events of Scottish history. The impressive audiovisual shown to the visitors is also one of the best I’ve ever seen.
Souvenirs are available in small outlets scattered around the lake. From mementos and bagpipes to traditional dresses and Scotch whiskey, there are plenty of things to keep the memories fresh for a long time. And if you are lucky, you might also be able to bring something which no one ever was able to do before – click a clear and prominent photograph of the mythical Loch Ness monster.