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The Loch Ness Monster rivals Robin Hood as UK's most searched-for myth or legend in holiday firm's investigation

By Alasdair Fraser

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She is renowned as the world’s most elusive and mysterious creature lurking beneath the waves.

Many tens of thousands of curious monster hunters flock to Loch Ness shores every year in hope of a glimpse, but it seems our very own Nessie is also much sought-after on the internet.

The Loch Ness Monster has topped a Scottish holiday lettings firm’s study of commonly researched myths and legends on the search engine Google, tying with Robin Hood.

The survey showed Nessie attracted over 60,500 average searches per month, leaving an array of goblins, giants, royals and nobles and other mysterious water beasts in her wake.

Loch Ness and the elusive monster remain a fascination for visitors.
Loch Ness and the elusive monster remain a fascination for visitors.

The company, Cottages and Castles, looked at over 100 myths and legends from Britain's rich history to see which ones had the highest search volume.

The top ten were:

Loch Ness Monster (Scotland) - 60,500

Robin Hood (Nottingham) - 60,500

Kelpies (Scotland) - 40,500

King Arthur (England) - 40,500

Green Man (Devon/Somerset)- 18,100

Lady Godiva (Coventry) - 14,800

Selkies (Scotland) - 8,100

Redcaps (Scotland) - 8,100

Lady of the Lake (Wales) - 8,100

Cerne Abbas Giant (Dorset) - 6,600

Globally, the Loch Ness Monster and Robin Hood attracted 888,300 searches on average a month, with Nessie trailing behind with 291,800.

Research took place March 2021 using SEMrush.

More information on the study can be found here.

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