Loch Ness is situated at the North Eastern end of the Great Glen, a large “side-slip” (and active) fault line that splits the north of Scotland down the middle and further sculpted by Ice Age glaciers. The word Glen means “steep sided valley”.
The word Loch is another word for lake or fjord.
There are about forty small rivers, streams, burns and waterways running into Loch Ness. The Loch itself is connected to the sea via the River Ness and Caledonian Canal – both feeding into the Moray Firth.
Loch Ness is 51 feet (16 metres) higher than sea level, is 23 miles long and 1 mile wide. Beneath the water the Loch consists of two deep basins separated by a barrier of sediment from the River Foyers, approximately half-way down the southern shore of the Loch.
So far, “Operation Deepscan” has been the largest and most exaustive expedition staged at Loch Ness. During the exploration, several unidentified and unexplained sonar contacts were recorded beneath the water.
100 athletes in the Scottish Triathlon were each insured £1 million against bites from the Loch Ness Monster in 2005.
The first real scientific survey of Loch Ness occurred in 1901 by John Murray.
A plan to bring trained dolphins to help study Loch Ness was thwarted when one of the dolphins died during acclimatisation in New England.
Ospreys regularly fish the waters at Loch Ness.
The waters of Loch Ness never freeze over.
The power company Hydro Electric is able to adjust the level of the water in Loch Ness by several feet, a practiced used to prevent flooding in the River Ness & Inverness.
There are two layers of radioactive sediment beneath the waters of Loch Ness. The first was the result of radioactive fallout from the Chernobyl disaster.
Loch Ness contains more water than in all of the lakes and rivers of England and Wales combined. It also has the greatest volume of water than any other Scottish Loch.
The colour of the Loch Water is caused by peat particles floating throughout the Loch.
Yes, you can order your own bottle of Loch Ness Water here.