Loch Ness, made famous around the world by alleged sightings of Nessie, the ‘Loch Ness monster’, is nestled within Glen Mor (Great Glen), a geological fault stretching for approximately 97 km (60 miles) across the Scottish Highlands. Extending from Lochend near Inverness to Fort Augustus, Loch Ness has a surface area of 56.4 sq km (21.8 square miles) and, at its deepest point, is 226 metres (740 feet) deep.
Loch Ness boating accidents
Flat-bottomed and steep-sided, Loch Ness is the British Isles’ largest freshwater volume, holding more water than all of the rivers, reservoirs and lakes of Wales and England combined. The depth of the loch and often extremely low water temperatures make it necessary to take all necessary precautions to prevent potential injuries by boating accident or falling off one of the many tour boats offering their services.
Loch Ness attractions
Surrounded by rugged countryside perfect for hiking and delightful historic villages, Loch Ness is home to an array of attractions like the Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition; the dramatically positioned Urquhart Castle with its stunning views over the loch; the Caledonian Canal and, of course, Nessie. One thing visitors must be aware of is that the weather can change dramatically from one moment to the next. It is therefore advisable to bring both sun lotion and an anorak or some other form of weather-proof clothing.
In spite of the changeable weather, Loch Ness attracts thousands of tourists from around the world on a regular basis. As bus services are rare and irregular, most of these visitors are milling about on foot or in cars. As many of them are unfamiliar with driving on the left, it is vital to drive carefully and pay extra attention to other road users in order to prevent road accidents.
Another reason to be vigilant while driving is the fact that Scotch malt whisky flows relatively freely in the area’s many pubs and restaurants. While most of the locals and visitors have the sense not to drink and drive, there is always a chance of someone taking the risk and causing a motoring accident.
Personal injury compensation
If you were injured by a boating or vehicle accident while visiting Loch Ness, you should call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 to find out if you qualify to claim for travel, driver or passenger injury compensation. All calls made to this law firm’s friendly advisers are obligation free and completely confidential.
Date Published: February 13, 2014
Author: David Brown