Beneath those tranquil waters lies 230 meter depth, and more fresh water than all the lochs in Scotland and lakes in England combined.
Yes, this is Loch Ness.
The castle which lies in ruins at Loch Ness’s shore is Urquhart Castle.
The castle was built in various stages between the 13th and 16th centuries, then partially destroyed in 1692 to prevent it falling into the hands of the Jacobites. During its years of use, it was often raided by the MacDonald clan, though used and owned by the Grant clan.
We got to explore the castle, climb the tower, overlook the lake, and then take a lake cruise down the length of the lake, which are realllllllllllly long. Reeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaaalllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy long.
That lovely building is Aldourie Castle, which you can rent out for a very luxurious, expensive holiday. Because who doesn’t want a secluded castle all to themselves on the shores of one of the biggest and most mysterious bodies of water in the world? I do. I mean, your imagination could run wild in there…
Speaking of running wild, I know you’re all wondering about this:
No, I did not see her. The only ripples in the lake I saw were made from boats skimming across the surface.
But with a lake that deep…I see no reason why a large animal couldn’t just hibernate at the bottom for years at a time if it so pleases.
Worth taking a trip to find out, at least. 🙂