What is the Loch Ness Monster?

by Steven McKenzie

Image provided by Visit Inverness Loch Ness


Many people have puzzled over the legend of the Loch Ness Monster, and offered theories to what might be the cause of sightings.

Is Nessie just a fallen branch, a big fish or a giant eel? Or even a circus elephant enjoying a swim during a rest stop while travelling between Inverness and the next venue?

Cartoon which ponders over the true form of the Loch Ness monster. A large elephant, eel, sturgeon and a seal feature as possibilities

Image provided by Steven McKenzie

Cartoon which ponders over the existence of the Loch Ness Monster.


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Share your favourite myths and legends from the Highlands and Islands

Stories are at the heart of what we do as a project and we are always looking to learn more about what the Highlands and Islands means to people who live, work, and visit here. Myths and legends, especially the mystery surrounding the Loch Ness Monster, have played a key role in the storytelling traditions and exchanges in the Highlands and Islands for hundreds of years. Do you have a favourite myth or legend which you feel represents the 'Spirit of the Highlands and Islands'? Tell us more below, we can't wait to hear from you!

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