The Loch Ness Monster has reportedly been sighted for the second time in eleven days, as a visitor claims they caught a glimpse of the legendary creature rising from the murky waters.
Anyone who undertakes some of the most breathtaking Scotland roadtrips will likely be tempted to make a trip to the famous Loch Ness. The Highland lake has long been known for the mysterious monster that’s said to live in its shadowy depths. But despite various sightings throughout the years, no-one has been able to prove the Loch Ness Monster’s existence. Now the mythological beast has supposedly made its second appearance in just eleven days. As reported by Edinburgh Live (opens in new tab), a tourist visited Loch Ness on holiday late last month and reported seeing the prehistoric creature rising two feet from the Highland lake.
According to the publication, the tourist was identified only as Mr Veacock and he was determined to get his sighting down on paper, sketching a diagram of the shape he saw through a pair of binoculars.
They went on to suggest that he was “two thirds of the way” across the Loch at the time and he claimed the creature he saw could’ve been up to twelve feet long.
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This so-called sighting is not the only one to take place in recent days, however. Less than a fortnight ago, a father and daughter alleged that they too had seen the elusive Loch Ness Monster whilst out hiking. Mr Veacock’s sighting is understood to have been added to the ‘official register’, which catalogues all recorded glimpses of the loch’s legendary Nessie.
Edinburgh Live reports that the latest entry, dated July 30 declared, “Mr Veacock visiting from the North West of England was parked up in the last lay by north of the castle scanning the loch with his binoculars when he noticed something two thirds across the Loch away.
“He originally thought it was a foot high and some five foot long, but later was able to compare it with the Jacobite Warrior as it passed by the area.
“As such, he stated that what he observed was easily the length of the handrail at the rear of that boat which led him to reassess what he saw as nearly two foot high and ten to twelve feet long. He said the same was witnessed by two other families in the layby."
Can you swim in Loch Ness?
Whilst visitors can swim in Loch Ness, according to the official Visit Inverness Loch Ness (opens in new tab) website, they do not recommend this for a very significant reason. They report that the temperature of the water is around a very chilly 5°C all year round and that in these low temperatures it is easy for someone to develop hypothermia, making wild swimming in the loch potentially dangerous.
However, it seems that the picturesque spot has nevertheless remained a go-to site for some wild swimmers. Earlier this year, The Scotsman (opens in new tab) reported that Loch Ness came top as one of the safest and most popular wild swimming spots in new research. Whichever decision certain visitors make, it's always better to ere on the safe side, especially during the colder months of the year.
Can you sail in Loch Ness?
Swimming in Loch Ness might not be advised all year round, but sailing or yachting across the iconic Scottish lake is another way to take in the stunning scenery without immersing yourself in the icy waters. Boats can be hired for days or weeks to take trips on Loch Ness, described by Scottish Canals (opens in new tab) as “more akin to a short sea crossing” than a canal journey.
So if you're looking to undertake a voyage to remember the next time you're visiting Scotland, a trip out on the mysterious waters of Loch Ness might just what you've been waiting for.
Is Loch Ness the deepest lake in the world?
Though it might perhaps come as a surprise given the Loch Ness Monster has long been rumored to be living in its depths, Loch Ness, whilst deep, is not the deepest lake in the world, nor even in Scotland. Instead, Loch Morar is the deepest Scottish loch, with Loch Ness’ deepest point measured at 230 metres. Whilst this does sound impressively deep, the world’s deepest lake, Lake Baikal in Russia, is around a staggering 1,620 metres deep. However, Loch Ness is reportedly the largest loch by volume in the UK and contains more fresh water than all the lakes in England Wales combined.
So whilst the Loch Ness Monster has never been officially confirmed to dwell in the chilly waters, it seems there's definitely space beneath the surface for creatures to thrive!
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