With Urquhart Castle in the foreground
|Type||freshwater loch, oligotrophic, dimictic|
|Primary inflows||River Oich/Caledonian Canal, River Moriston, River Foyers, River Enrick, River Coilte|
|Primary outflows||River Ness/Caledonian Canal|
|Catchment area||1,770 km2 (685 sq mi)|
|Max. length||36.2 km (22.5 mi)|
|Max. width||2.7 km (1.7 mi)|
|Surface area||56 km2 (21.8 sq mi)|
|Average depth||132 m (433 ft)|
|Max. depth||226.96 m (744.6 ft)|
|Water volume||7.5 km3 (1.8 cu mi)|
|Surface elevation||15.8 m (52 ft)|
|Islands||1 (Cherry Island)|
|Settlements||Fort Augustus, Invermoriston, Drumnadrochit, Abriachan, Lochend; Whitebridge, Foyers, Inverfarigaig, Dores.|
Loch Ness (/ /; Scottish Gaelic: Loch Nis, [l̪ˠɔxˈniʃ]) is a large, deep, freshwater loch in the Scottish Highlands extending for approximately 23 miles (37 km) southwest of Inverness. Its surface is 52 ft (16 m) above sea level. Loch Ness is best known for alleged sightings of the cryptozoological Loch Ness Monster, also known affectionately as "Nessie". It is connected at the southern end by the River Oich and a section of the Caledonian Canal to Loch Oich. At the northern end there is the Bona Narrows which opens out into Loch Dochfour, which feeds the River Ness and a further section of canal to Inverness. It is one of a series of interconnected, murky bodies of water in Scotland; its water visibility is exceptionally low due to a high peat content in the surrounding soil.
Loch Ness is the second largest Scottish loch by surface area at 22 sq mi (56 km2) after Loch Lomond, but due to its great depth, it is the largest by volume. Its deepest point is 755 ft (230 m), making it the second deepest loch in Scotland after Loch Morar. It contains more fresh water than all the lakes in England and Wales combined, and is the largest body of water on the Great Glen Fault, which runs from Inverness in the north to Fort William in the south.
Villages and places
At Drumnadrochit is the "Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition" which examines the natural history and legend of Loch Ness. Boat cruises operate from various locations on the loch shore, giving visitors the chance to look for the "monster".
Urquhart Castle is located on the western shore, 1 mile (1.6 km) east of Drumnadrochit.
Loch Ness is the alleged home of the Loch Ness Monster (also known as "Nessie"), a cryptid, reputedly a large unknown animal. It is similar to other supposed lake monsters in Scotland and elsewhere, though its description varies from one account to the next. Popular interest and belief in the animal's existence has varied since it was first brought to the world's attention in 1933.
|European eel||Anguilla anguilla|
|Northern pike||Esox lucius|
|European sea sturgeon||Acipenser sturio (unconfirmed in the Loch, but known from Beauly–Moray Firth, which is connected via the River Ness)|
|Three-spined stickleback||Gasterosteus aculeatus|
|Brook lamprey||Lampetra planeri|
|Eurasian minnow||Phoxinus phoxinus|
|Atlantic salmon||Salmo salar|
|Sea trout||Salmo trutta|
|Brown trout (ferox trout)||Salmo trutta (Salmo ferox)|
|Arctic char||Salvelinus alpinus|
The only island on Loch Ness is Cherry Island, visible at its southwestern end, near Fort Augustus. It is a crannog, which is a form of artificial island. Most crannogs were constructed during the Iron Age.
Loch Ness serves as the lower storage reservoir for the Foyers pumped-storage hydroelectric scheme, which was the first of its kind in the United Kingdom. The turbines were originally used to provide power for a nearby aluminium smelting plant, but now electricity is generated and supplied to the National Grid. Another scheme, the 100 MW Glendoe Hydro Scheme near Fort Augustus, began generation in June 2009 producing 76 gigawatt hours in its first months of operation[not in citation given], It was out of service between 2009 and 2012 for repair of the tunnels connecting the reservoir to the turbines
Loch Ness lies along the Great Glen Fault, which forms a line of weakness in the rocks which has been excavated by glacial erosion, forming the Great Glen and the basins of Loch Lochy, Loch Oich and Loch Ness.
Sunrise over Loch Ness, taken at Urquhart Castle
Loch Ness records
On 31 August 1974, David Scott Munro, of Ross-shire Caberfeidh Water Ski Club, became the first person in the world to water ski (mono ski) the length of Loch Ness. From Lochend to Fort Augustus and back, he covered the 48 miles (77 km) in 77 minutes at an average speed of 37 miles per hour (60 km/h).
Brenda Sherratt was the first person to swim 22 1⁄2 miles (36.2 km) along the length of Loch Ness in Scotland in 31 hours and 27 minutes in July 1966.
- "Bathymetrical Survey of the Fresh-Water Lochs of Scotland, 1897–1909". National Library of Scotland. Archived from the original on 2007-02-08.
- "Ness, Loch". The Gazetteer for Scotland. Retrieved 2010-02-09.
- "The Loch Ness Centre".
- Loch Ness Information site: The Fish and Invertebrates of Loch Ness. Retrieved 24 March 2015.
- Blundell, O. (1909), Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland 43, pp. 159–164.
- "Glendoe Hydro scheme". Scottish and Southern Energy. Retrieved 2007-08-28.
- "Hydro-electric scheme's dam close". BBC. 2008-09-01. Retrieved 2010-02-09.
- "SSE Glendoe".
- Press & Journal newspaper, Inverness edition, 2 September 1974.
|Look up Loch Ness in Wiktionary, the free dictionary.|
- Media related to Loch Ness at Wikimedia Commons
- Loch Ness travel guide from Wikivoyage
- Loch Ness information Website, Editor Tony Harmsworth
- Loch Ness Project Research Site, Editor Adrian Shine
- Loch Ness Investigation website, Editor Dick Raynor
- Loch Ness Pictures
- Virtual Tour of Loch Ness and surrounding area