THE LOCH NESS MONSTER (‘NESSIE’)
One of Scotland’s most famous unsolved mysteries is that of the Loch Ness Monster .
The large dinosaur-like creature is said to live in Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands. The first recorded sighting of the monster was nearly 1,500 years ago when a giant beast is said to have leaped out of a lake near Inverness and eaten a local farmer. Since then the myth of the Loch Ness Monster has magnified.
In 1934, a London doctor snapped a photograph that seemed to show a dinosaur-looking creature with a long neck emerging from the water. Dozens of sightings have since been claimed, many of which have turned out to be hoaxes. In 2009, a newspaper reader claims to have spotted ‘Nessie’ whilst browsing Google Earth’s satellite photos of Loch Ness.
Regardless of the truth, the suggestion of the monster’s existence makes Loch Ness one of Scotland’s most popular tourist attractions with thousands visiting it shores each year with the hope of catching a glimpse of the famous monster.