Late in the day heading back out from Inverness having spent a rainy afternoon trudging around Inverness. The road was mostly empty (apart from a group of Japanese tourists) and quiet. Taking this panorama over Loch Ness was a good way to begin to relax and unwind again. One day I would like to take a boat down Loch Ness and do some panoramic photography on the way.
Loch Ness at Lochend - Scottish Highlands visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Loch Ness at Lochend' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Highland.
Panorama overlooking Loch Ness in Scotland from a very popular lay-by on the A82 near to Lochend and Lairgmore, about 5 miles from Inverness.
If ever there was one famous place in Scotland, it is this unassuming lay-by. From here, more tales and sighting of the legendary Loch Ness monster, or "Nessie" as she's affectionately known, have begun. This quiet spot with access to the shore line lies a couple miles from the eastern tip of Loch Ness near to the village of Lochend, so named for rather obvious reasons. This village, indeed this lay-by, were the setting for the film "Loch Ness" - a Hollywood blockbuster starring Ted Danson. To avoid confusion, the castle in that film next door to the village is actually Eilean Donan Castle, situated some 70 miles west near Kyle of Lochalsh.
The Loch Ness exhibition at Drumnadrochit, 10 miles west, has extensive historical, cultural and anecdotal exhibits tracing the legend of Loch Ness. From the scientific findings of extensive university surveys to the somewhat less reliable musings of locals returning home from the pub, all are charted and noted "just incase".
Aside from legends, Loch Ness is a busy commercial waterway serving as the principle connection through the "Great Glen" and connecting Inverness on the east coast with Fort William on the west. This waterway was of utmost importance for economic development decades before land based access was possible via road or rail. Currently, it is a major recreational and commercial waterway for pleasure craft, water sports, cruise vessels (small enough to access through the locks at Inverness, or the famous "Neptune's Staircase" at Fort William.
Travel and Getting There
Depart from Inverness on the A82 heading west, approx 5 miles shortly after Lochend village.