Loch Ness is part of the Great Glen or Glen Mor in Gaelic, a
scar-like fault line that runs over 60 miles from Inverness in
the north to Fort William in the south. It is made up of three
lochs - Loch Lochy, Loch Oich and Loch Ness - with Loch Ness being
by far the largest with a surface area of 56.4 square km (21.8
Although Nessie was sighted as far back as the 6th century AD it
is the modern day sightings that have captured the public
imagination. In the early part of the 1930s a new road was built
around Loch Ness that in turn brought in a spate of new sightings
from drivers and sightseers.
The first recorded sighting of Nessie on land was made by
Mr Spicer and his wife, on July 22nd 1933, while driving down the
road between the Loch Ness side-villages of Dores and
Inverfarigaig. They caught sight of a large cumbersome animal
crossing the road ahead, which was some 20 yards from the water.
They first saw a long neck, forming a number of arches, a little
thicker than an elephant's trunk and a huge lumbering body heading
towards the Loch. It disappeared into the bushes out of sight.
After this sighting, reports flooded in and interest grew on an
international scale. Speculators offered huge prizes for the animal
- dead or alive. Circus owner Bertram Mills promised a sum of
£20,000 to any man who could bring the creature alive to his
circus. Take this opportunity while in Loch Ness to
spend a little of your time "monster-spotting".