Finding Nessie

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Ever since I moved up to Scotland, I’ve wanted to pay a visit to one of the most famous spots in the country – Loch Ness.

Following a couple of years of dashed travel plans, we’re looking forward to finally taking a trip there.

Will we see its most famous resident? I’ll keep you posted!

Home is where the heart is

Looking at facts, figures and photos, it’s not hard to imagine why Nessie chose Loch Ness for her home.

For one, it’s the largest body of water in the UK – the perfect size for her. Cosy but with enough space to stretch her flippers!

And, due to the peat in the surrounding hills, the water in the loch has very low visibility, turning the whole loch into a fantastic hiding place.

Being a shy one, I’m sure Nessie took this into consideration when making her decision.

Out of the tens of thousands of lochs in Scotland, she really bagged herself prime real estate!

A geological marvel

It’s not all about Nessie, of course. Loch Ness itself is a marvel in itself.

If you feel a minor tremor in the area, it’ll be because of the Great Glen Fault line.

The Great Glen Fault line is a huge valley in the Highlands that formed hundreds of millions of years ago during the last Ice Age.

It’s so gigantic that you can see the fault line from space, going right from the east to the west of Scotland.


The first ever sighting of Nessie was made in 565AD by St Columba who had travelled to Inverness to convert the locals to Christianity.

Since then there have been thousands more sightings. Last year, there were six recorded on The Official Loch Ness Monster Sightings Register.

Who knows . . . maybe I’ll be lucky enough to see her!

In any case, I’ll be sure to take plenty of photos of the loch for my next post.

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Abigail Phillips

Abbie is the newest member of the fiction team at the "Friend." She loves how varied the role is - every day is different and there is always a new story to read. She is keen to work closely with established writers and discover new writers, too.