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WATCH: US travel-writer Cameron Hewitt dubs Loch Ness as "boring and overhyped" - we asked people around Inverness if they agreed with his views or not.


By Rachel Smart


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A US travel-writer has left a scathing review of Loch Ness after visiting the world renown location this week.

Cameron Hewitt, who writes for Rick Stevens, Europe Inc. started his Facebook rant, by saying, “I hate Loch Ness”.

Dubbing it “the longest, deepest, most boring, and most overhyped lake I have ever laid eyes on”, he did not hold back.

The Seattle-based writer went on to say: “Famous as it may be, there’s nothing remotely interesting about Loch Ness, once you’re actually here.

“Loch Ness doesn’t even crack the top 25 list of prettiest Scottish lochs.

“It’s simply a long, narrow lake with a string of cheesy roadside attractions, and a not-very-dramatic mountains on the far side.”

He also let rip his opinion of the legend that is the Loch Ness monster.

“It’s almost as if the Scots, determined to wring a little touristic value out of this giant waste of space, at some point said, ‘Hmm...we should come up with some utterly fabricated story to get people to want to spend time and money here’”, he said.

“There is no Loch Ness Monster...period. It does not exist. Never has. It’s just empty hype, invented in the 1930s, kept alive by hoax after hoax, seemingly for no other reason than to get people excited about a little stretch of the nothingness contained within the Scottish interior.”

However, Cameron has said that his frustration about Loch Ness comes as a result of him believing that there are many other parts of Scotland that are nicer to visit.

“It’s frustrating because there is so much to see in Scotland that’s so much better than Loch Ness”, he said.

“I think I have such a chip on my shoulder partly because I find it insulting to the other great sights of Scotland and its Highlands that Loch Ness consumes far more than its share of oxygen.

“I like to imagine a parallel world where Loch Ness does not exist. In that world, people devote their time to so many other, genuinely amazing attractions in this part of Scotland.”

With Loch Ness having the largest volume of fresh water in the UK, we asked some folks out and about today, if they agreed with Cameron's views or not.

What’s your thoughts? Do you agree with Cameron?


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