Where’s the monster in Lochness Inverness?

Even the strands of my hair in my entire body was already shivering when I arrived in Inverness and boy! I was so bewildered to see a soccer game going on right across my hostel. How did these boys managed to have a game under the 37F temperature? I guess their body is already used to it since they are from that area huh?

For a second I was perplexed when my friend told me we were going to stay in Inverness. If you have been to Point Reyes in Northern California you would have gone by a little town called Inverness. I thought for a second which one was a copy cat? I later found though that like many other places in the states they were named after the places in the UK just like Cambia or Plymouth etc. I wouldn’t even be surprised if I hear some places here named Wessex or Sussex!

So why Inverness? Well, for one we needed to rest before traveling again to Edinvrgh, two we were both curious about this infamous Loch ness monster so we swing by this place.

Everything is grand when you’re a tourist.

Inverness is a small town, according to wikipedia it has population of 63,220 in 2016. There are other places to see other than Loch Ness like the Inverness castle, the museum, the Cathedral which was by the way would have been interesting to see but I didn’t (waahh!) and the Victorian market. However, I’ve only managed to see the Loch Ness river, ask me not because it pisses me off that my friend didn’t bother to take me even just to the Cathedral. He says there’s nothing there to see it’s just a modern cathedral. Ummm really?

When you’re a tourist, everything is new and grand right? and you want to see as many places and take as many photos as you can. No matter how ridiculous it is for the locals it does not matter. Hey! you’re a tourist after all right?

Such in the case of the walk of fame in Hollywood. It may sound ridiculous for us to take photos of those celebrity names and even the Hollywood sign is boring to me but millions of people around the world want to have that proof, that one tiny little sign that they can show off to their friends and in social media that they’ve been there. That is the essence of traveling isn’t it? A proof! What is unimportant to you might be grand for others.

So there, I end up visiting only one place in Inverness, the Loch Ness river although to be fair I think it is the biggest attraction in the area.

What does it look like? 

So what’s the significance of this infamous Loch ness? It has been known as the home of the Loch Ness Monster (also known as “Nessie”).

What’s that?

According to what people say or believe, it is a cryptid; an animal whose existence is questionable, an obscure, undocumented creature typically originating from folklore like chupacabra and bigfoot. It is often described as large in size with a long neck and one or more humps protruding from the water.  In short,  it looks like a different version of crocodile or maybe dinosaur, don’t you think? 

What’s the other mystery of Loch Ness? Many people wonder why the water is black. One explanation,  it  is due to the high content of peat particles present from the surrounding land.  But people connects it to all kinds of stories like the Nessie story. Although I bumped into this article, it talks about the experience of Tammy Van Wisse, renowned long-distance swimmer when she had a dip in Loch Ness and said “Look, I’m not a great believer in monsters and what have you, but to actually get in that water…it’s completely BLACK! It’s almost like when you have a fear of heights and you’re looking down on something – you’re going into this great, black abyss. And of course I’ve read how deep it is and how they can’t even find the bottom in places. It really does send a shiver down my spine.

So, if the water is black, the next obvious question is, is it salt water or fresh water? How deep is it?  How big is this lake? It is a large, deep, freshwater in the Scottish Highlands. According to this website Amazing Loch Ness, its deepest points are over 800ft deep which is twice the average depth of the North Sea. It holds an estimated 263 billion cubic feet of water, which is more than all the water in all the lakes, rivers and reservoirs in the whole of England and Wales combined!

So, where is the monster then? Did I see the Nessie? Did it show up because I was there? I would not wish it did! I would’ve prolly ran as fast as I can and never look back!

 

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