Another 75 kilometers added to the journey today which brings the total to 1497 kilometers, I can almost see the end of it from here with only 247 kilometers left.
Highlight of the day has been with no doubt the Loch Ness and here are some interesting facts about it with the usual postcard 😉
No visit to Loch Ness is complete without a hunt for the famous monster, and boat tours set out regularly from various venues around the lake. There’s also a Loch Ness Exhibition at Drumnadrochit, which looks at the nature aspect of the water as well as the folklore surrounding it.
As for Nessie, well, she’s been around a while – or at least the legend has. Adomnan’s ‘Life of St. Columba’, written in the 6th century, tells of the Irish monk coming across a burial party on the banks of the River Ness, who tell him that the man was killed by being pulled under the Loch by a ‘water beast’. One of Columba’s own followers even encounters the monster when swimming across the water, although he escapes unscathed by making the sign of the cross.
In recent years, photographs – unexplained and proven hoaxes, films, and sightings on land combine to keep the mystery alive. Whether or not Nessie exists, the most conclusive evidence that there is – or at least was – something there comes from Robert Rines. A lawyer by profession, over a period of 35 years Rines assembled sonar readings which indicated that not only was it likely that something was there, that ‘something’ could be plural!
Sadly, toward the end of his life in 2009, Rines concluded that the species had become extinct, perhaps unable to adapt to global warming.