Loch Ness came second in a recent survey conducted to find the places that made people most happy. On the happy scale, it was just pipped by the white beaches of the Hebrides. Perhaps, this area should now be called Happy Ness!
And here are 10 things guaranteed to make you feel cheery …
- A cruise on Loch Ness with Jacobite must be number one – sailing over these dark, mysterious waters that have conjured up one of the world’s greatest mysteries.
- A relaxed evening stroll along the Caledonian Canal, built in 1822 it was a feat of engineering and a thing of great beauty.
- Step back to the Pictish era and then Jacobean times, visiting the magnificent ruined fortification that is Urquhart Castle.
- Stroll along Dores Beach and have a leisurely chat with Steve Feltham, who has lived on the beach for over 25 years looking for Nessie.
- Enjoy a single malt whisky at Fiddlers Bar and restaurant in Drumnadrochit, voted Scotland’s Malt Whisky Bar of the Year.
- Visit the Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition, in Drumnadrochit, where you will get the definitive account of the amazing Loch Ness story.
- Savour an evening meal with friends or family overlooking the loch as the sun sets and the moon rises over the mountains. One good spot is the dining room of the Loch Ness Clansman where you can go after your cruise on the Jacobite Warrior.
- Go on a pony trek through Borlum Bay and the forests above Loch Ness. This can be organised by the riding school at Borlum Farm.
- There are few things more relaxing that a picnic, with a fishing rod and a good book, sitting down at the shore of Loch Ness.
- For that something special, you can have a romantic stay at Bona Lighthouse, on the shores of the loch. You will awaken to a splendid view from your bedroom window down the full 23 miles of Loch Ness.
For Loch Ness, think Happy Ness … it’s the place to put a smile on your face.