The Low-Down on Loch Ness

The Low-Down on Loch Ness

So, you’re planning a trip to the Scottish Highlands and Loch Ness is on your list. Want to impress your travel companions? Continue reading! 


We’ve compiled a list of answers to some of your burning questions about Loch Ness as well as some interesting facts to show off with. 


How big is Loch Ness?


Loch Ness is 23 miles long, one mile wide and contains more water than all England and Welsh lakes combined, making it easily the largest freshwater lake in the UK!  


It’s also the second deepest loch in Scotland after Loch Morar. Hitting 755 feet at its deepest point, you could stack two Big Bens on top of each other and there would still be space on top!


Can I swim in the loch?


You might spot wild swimmers braving a dip on the beaches that surround the loch however, due to the depth of the loch, the water can be very cold and we wouldn’t recommend venturing far out. 


We’d recommend leaving that to the more experienced wild swimmers, like Ross Edgley who attempted the world’s longest open water non-stop swim in Loch Ness in September 2022! 


Can I do water sports on the loch?


Like swimming in Loch Ness, water sports are allowed although we wouldn’t encourage taking on the mighty loch without a seasoned professional. 


Unless you’re Mark Salter, who recently set a world record for the fastest stand-up paddleboard descent of Loch Ness with a time of 4:01:49, we’d recommend booking an excursion with experts who know the area. Find a list of them along with other useful information to help plan your trip on the Visit Inverness Loch Ness website


Another way to experience the thrill of Loch Ness, but with a lower chance of getting wet, is by booking a speedboat tour with us. With our 60-minute long tours you can still enjoy an adventure on the water without actually having to get IN the water!


Does Nessie really live in Loch Ness?


That’s like asking, “Is Loch Ness one of the greatest places on Earth?” Of course Nessie lives in Loch Ness! 


But there is truly only one way to find out…

Book a tour of Loch Ness with the Beastie Boats to see if you can spot our mysterious monster and learn more mind-blowing facts about Loch Ness!