Loch Ness

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By John Davisteacher and freelance writer

Teach children to question evidence by delving into the depths of the mystery surrounding the Loch Ness Monster

Loch Ness, found in the Scottish Highlands, is one of Britain’s largest lakes. The legend of the loch’s monster is known all over the world, with people even today still arguing about its likelihood.

Fascinating facts

  • Loch Ness forms part of a series of lakes and waterways stretching across the Highlands. All the waterways are sunk in a huge fault valley, called the Great Glen (Glen Mor).
  • There are four lochs in the Glen: Ness, Linnhe, Lochy and Oich. They were formed by the retreat of the last Ice Age some 10-12,000 years ago.
  • Loch Ness has the largest volume of water in Britain. It is 36km long and 2km wide, and in some places its depth reaches over 230m.
  • It is alleged that in AD565, St Columba saved the life of a man, whom the monster was attacking.
  • In 2003, the BBC used 600 sonar beams to scour the depths of Loch Ness, but found no trace of a monster.
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