Loch Ness

A day with the kids at Loch Ness, Scotland

Taking a Dip in Loch Ness

After our morning at The Nevis Range Gondolas, we drove to Loch Ness to look for the Loch Ness monster!

When we first arrived, the two smallest children were sleeping so my husband went ahead with the older children. I woke the littles up and took them down to the shore, spotted my husband and said to Max “look, we found him!” But as I turned the corner I came face-to-er-face? with a young man who was bent over, changing into his swimming shorts. Awkward!

The children were paddling in the shallows, and throwing stones (they still haven’t mastered skimming, neither have I!). Then the young man and his friends came along and they went into the Loch! All the way up to their chests – they must have been freezing! They were splashing about and pretending to be eaten by the monster.

My children were inspired by this and decided they wanted to go in too. We hadn’t packed anything for swimming (except we always have one towel in the car) so we said to them if they wanted to swim that’s fine, they either go in naked and wear their clothes home… or go in their clothes and go home naked. My daughter decided it wasn’t worth it, but the boys decided to go in their clothes. All the way in, they were completely soaked.

loch ness with kids

Which was all fun and games until we made them get into the car naked (wrapped in towels because we are not totally mean).

Unfortunately no sightings of the monster either, but one of the children got very excited by some bubbles coming from the middle of the Loch, so maybe…

5 Interesting facts about Loch Ness

  1. The water in the Loch never freezes over.
  2. Loch Ness contains more water than in all of the lakes and rivers of England and Wales combined.
  3. It’s depth is over 750 feet.
  4. The first reported monster sighting dates back to the 6th century.
  5. There is an official register of Loch Ness sightings, there have been 6 so far in 2017. Check out the website Lochnesssightings.com for more info, or to report a sighting!
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