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Nessie leads the way as face coverings become mandatory in Scotland's shops


By Val Sweeney

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Willie Cameron with his Nessie facemask on banks of Loch Ness..Picture: Gary Anthony..
Willie Cameron with his Nessie facemask on banks of Loch Ness..Picture: Gary Anthony..

As an expert in social distancing Loch Ness’s most elusive resident is a suitable addition to a new set of face coverings.

Nessie will be promoting Highland tourism – as well as highlighting social distancing due to the pandemic – on hundreds of face masks made exclusively for Drumnadrochit-based hospitality and catering firm Cobbs.

The Ness-branded face coverings are to be sold through Cobbs outlets.
The Ness-branded face coverings are to be sold through Cobbs outlets.

The company intends to flag up the area’s tourism industry by sending masks to politicians including Prime Minister Boris Johnston, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Scotland’s finance secretary Kate Forbes, as well as Outlander actor Sam Heughan.

Willie Cameron, a tourism ambassador who is also involved with Cobbs, said: “Tourism has taken such a big hit, we thought it would be a novel way to promote Loch Ness and the Highlands.”

The face coverings should be available next week in Cobbs' outlets and cafés, including the Loch Ness Clansman Hotel at Brackla.

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