The Wellington Bomber layby is one of the many spots you should try to visit during your visit to Loch Ness. It is on the road to or from our main office and most popular departure point at Dochgarroch.
The large viewing layby is named after a Wellington bomber which crashed into the loch in 194o.
It was on New Year’s Eve that Squadron Leader Marwood-Elton, his co-pilot Pilot Officer Slater and six trainees took off from RAF Lossiemouth in the Vickers 290 Wellington 1A N2980.
The bomber plane has previously taken part in 14 operations during WWII, including day and night raids. But, on this dark night, it ran into bad weather in the Fort Augustus area and encountered some difficulties in the starboard engine.
As the aircraft started to lose height, Squadron Leader Marwood-Elton ordered his six trainees to bail out. He ditched the plane on Loch Ness, where it sunk to the bottom. All crew survived, except one trainee whose parachute failed to open.
In 1985, the Wellington Bomber was removed from the loch’s waters by the Loch Ness Wellington Association, together with the National Heritage Memorial Fund.
Things to see and do
The aircraft was well-preserved, despite spending 45 years underwater, and is now on display at the Brooklands Museum in Weybridge, Surrey.
And, if you feel like exploring more, the Loch Ness 100 (LN100) is an excellent road to trip with lots of things to see.
From City Sightseeing – aboard the hop-on hop-off bus tour of Inverness – to visiting the Culloden Battlefield – the scene of the last battle fought on British soil, in 1746 – you will not be disappointed.
Also, if you have any questions about touring in the area, just ask one of our friendly team. And, when you stop to take in the view from the Wellington Bomber layby, spare a thought for the brave crew and the one trainee who failed to make it home that fateful day.