JACOBITE Cruises is in line for a six-figure pay out — but only if one of its boats is damaged by the Loch Ness Monster.
The tourist cruise company has taken the unusual step of insuring its fleet in the event of a collision with Nessie.
It comes a week after monster enthusiasts celebrated the 80th anniversary of the first modern sighting of the monster by Aldie Mackay, manageress of the Drumnadrochit Hotel. Her account was reported in The Inverness Courier on 14th March, 1933.
Jacobite Cruises owner Freda Newton hoped Nessie would give her boats a wide berth if she made another appearance.
"I don’t know what the odds of this actually happening might be, but this is Loch Ness and how silly would we look if it did and we weren’t covered for it?" she said.
The deal has been struck with Inverness firm Towergate Moray Firth as part of a wider insurance package.
"This is probably the most unusual insurance request we have ever had, but we are delighted to provide cover," said director Bob Jack.
Jacobite Cruises owns three vessels, offering daily trips on Loch Ness and carrying more than 10,000 sightseers annually.