The Loch Ness Lake

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The Loch Ness Lake

Loch Ness is a substantial body of water about 24 miles long by one mile wide and at its deepest point it goes down nearly 1,000 ft. There are about 40 small rivers, streams, burns and waterways running into the loch. Loch Ness lies at the northeast end of the Great Glen in the Highlands of Scotland and occupies a large part of the Great Glen fault. The Great Glen is a geological fault running across the entire width of the Highlands of Scotland. It runs southwest from Inverness right down to Fort William and contains three freshwater lochs - Loch Ness, Loch Oich and Loch Lochy.

Location & Why is it so famous

The Loch Ness Lake is a large, deep, freshwater loch in the Scottish Highlands and is one of the most visited locations in Scotland,UK.The Loch Ness Lake is in fact the most famous lake in the world, loch being the Scottish word for lake or fiord.

Amazing Features

One of the amazing features of the Loch Ness Lake is the famously known Nessie. This monster has been supposedly sighted by many but only one has seen it, ST Adamnan from the 6TH century who tells how he used the sign of the cross to repel a monster from the Loch Ness. Another feature is the Loch's highest mountain -Mealfuryonie- gaelic for 'mountain of the cold moor' which reaches an altitude of 2,284 ft above sea level. The view from the summit is extensive and allows commanding views from Fort George in the NE down to Fort William on the SW, a distance of 70 miles. More amazing features are the only island on Loch Ness 'Cherry Island' visible at its southwestern end, near Fort Augustus. It is a crannog which is a form of artificial island construction of stone and oak wood, probably used as an Iron Age fortified refuge and Urquhart Castle which juts out on a headland on the northern shore near the village of Drumnadrochit. This magnificently situated Castle remains a very impressive stronghold despite its ruinous state. Once one of Scotland’s largest castles, Urquhart’s standing remains include a tower house that commands splendid views of Loch Ness and the Great Glen.