The Loch Ness Monster

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Loch Ness Monster

The most famous inhabitant of the Loch is usually referred to as “Nessie” or “the monster” and in modern times it is often portrayed as the iconic head and neck of a creature sticking through the waves. St Columba first documented the presence of “Nessie” in the 6th century. He came across “the monster” as he made his way along the loch-side to meet with the Pictish King Brude in Inverness.

Over the years “the monster” has been described in various ways, and this may have something to do with its purest form. Ancient legends tell of water spirits in Scotland being called EACH UISGE (ech-ooshkya) literally a water horse, but they could also be described as “shape shifters” as in having the ability to appear in various forms depending upon the situation. But its most common as the name would suggest is the form of sleek horse standing next to the banks of the Loch.

Knowing this will of course make you look twice at any horses that you happen upon as we travel the banks of the loch! But beware the favourite trick of a water horse is to take unsuspecting people for a ride on its back as it charges straight back to the depths!