Loch Ness in Scotland is a magical landscape and a most beautiful and atmospheric place. It's no wonder people see otherworldly creatures or 'monsters' here.
Loch Ness forms the north eastern end of the wild and natural landscape of Scotlands Great Glen, which stretches from the east coast to the west coast and splits Scotland into two distinct parts. Loch Ness itself is a very large loch, about 20 miles long and incredibly deep in many places.
The Great Glen, which forms a series of lochs, of which Loch Ness is the largest, is formed by a geological fault known as the Great Glen Fault, and stretches from Inverness in the north east to Fort William in the south west. It cuts through wild mountainous country and divides the north west highlands from the Grampian mountains and has always been a remote place until relatively recently, when it has become a major tourist attraction.
So what exactly is happening at Loch Ness ? Just what is the creature, or monster, that so many people see ? And be under no illusions, people do see it, and quite often. There are many theories.
Lakes, meres, pools, and any large bodies of water have always been seen as gateways to the otherworld in Celtic mythology and the fairy lore of Britain, ( and in fact the lore of many places and cultures), where creatures from other realms have access to ours. There are many many stories in Welsh, English and Irish, as well as Scottish folklore and mythology, that tell of water creatures visiting our world. As well as the many dragons, worms etc, there are the phookas, kelpies and myriad other water creatures of traditional lore. These legends show that people have interacted with otherworldly water creatures in these islands since at least the end of the last ice age ( at the beginning of the holocene epoch about 12000 years ago).
In recent years the numbers of sightings of the 'monster' have dropped greatly, so this is possibly due to the taming of the landscape and the huge number of visitors, new roads to accommodate tourists invasions etc. Unfortunately this has had a negative effect on the atmosphere of the place. If anyone wishes to visit Loch Ness i would recommend spring or autumn, when visitor numbers are lower but the weather is still reasonable. Scottish winters can be harsh and can make monster hunting distinctly uncomfortable !
atmosphere is very important in the summoning of visions etc.
Another theory is that the sightings of strange creatures are due to the geological faulting of the glen. It is now accepted that strong geomagnetic fields can have a profound effect on the human brain and consciousness, and are known to cause visual hallucinations as well as producing various visual phenomena such as earthlights, lights in the sky etc...
'Geophysical' energies produced by fault lines are thought to be involved in countless reports of strange lights, fairies, visions, hauntings etc as well as people experiencing involuntary trance states, and this could apply to modern reports as well as folklore from such places.
In no way am i inferring people do not see a 'real' creature at Loch Ness. Many people will swear they have and unless you were there at the time no one has any right to contradict them. The theories and ideas im putting forward here are just ideas which may or may not relate to what different people see or experience. There are many such places around the world which gain a reputation for having something otherwordly about them. Opinions differ over whether the undeniable atmosphere of such places is a product of the human mind or something outside of ourselves. Loch Ness must surely be one of the most famous most popular of these sites and many thousands of pages have been written about it in books, magazines, websites, journals and reports, as well as photographs and film footage. So a history or catalogue of the many sightings need not be included here.
The various theories of what the Loch Ness 'monster' is include some kind of large survivor from a distant age, which would obviously mean 'creatures' (plural), surviving and breeding over many thousands of years. This is certainly not impossible, given the remoteness and physical geography of Loch Ness. It is very deep and very dark and has all kinds of caverns and cave systems associated with it, some of which are reported by local people and geologists to link with other lochs in the area. The geological history of the region and its relationship to the various glaciation periods is complex but does not preclude the possibility of prehistoric survival in the lochs of the great glen.
The usual objection to to a colony of large creatures surviving in the area is 'but surely people would have seen them..............'
None of the photographs reproduced here are mine and i do not own the rights to them. They are used here for educational purposes only.