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WATCH: Sightings of Loch Ness Monster is inspiration for new video produced by Visit Inverness Loch Ness tourism business improvement district (Bid) to mark VisitScotland’s Year of Stories during 2022


By Gregor White


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Filming included Nessie spotting at Dores Beach.
Filming included Nessie spotting at Dores Beach.

The legendary Loch Ness Monster is the inspiration for a new video aiming to inspire even more visitors to spend time in the local area.

With 2022 designated VisitScotland’s Year of Stories the video produced by the Visit Inverness Loch Ness tourism business improvement district follows 16 official sightings of the Loch Ness Monster in 2021, proving Nessie’s popularity is as strong as ever.

The video was filmed across 13 locations with locals sharing stories about Nessie sightings, some of them passed down through generations.

All the stories combine into one big tale leaving viewers wondering if they too will get a glimpse of the monster.

The stars of the video are all locals.

Chairwoman of Visit Inverness Loch Ness, Jo de Sylva, said: “Inverness, Loch Ness and the surrounding area have so many stories, legends and myths to tell, so it’s great to have this video to encourage people to come and discover the stories for themselves.

“From the history of Culloden Battlefield and Urquhart Castle to the beauty of Loch Ness and the great activities and attractions in the area, this video is the perfect way to bring them all together to showcase what we have to offer, as well as our sense of humour!”

The Battle of Culloden gets a mention in the new video from Visit Inverness Loch Ness.
The Battle of Culloden gets a mention in the new video from Visit Inverness Loch Ness.

The organisations’ chief executive, Michael Golding, added: “Come for Nessie, stay for the history, beauty and numerous activities and attractions.

“Inverness and Loch Ness are so much more than just Nessie, but she is the star of the show and our new video, which we are delighted to launch.

“Thank you to everyone who volunteered to star in the video and allowed us to film at their business.

“By pulling together, we give ourselves the best chance of recovery from the pandemic.

“I really hope the video brings a sense of pride for locals while showcasing the area and its beauty to visitors, acting as a stepping stone for people to discover our stories.”

Urquhart Castle was one of the locations used for filming.
Urquhart Castle was one of the locations used for filming.

The video was funded through VisitScotland’s destination and sector marketing fund and the Inverness city recovery fund.

Chris Taylor, VisitScotland regional leadership director, said: “The destination and sector marketing fund was created to boost and support the sustainable recovery of Scottish tourism, helping to reach new audiences within the domestic market.

“It aims to help organisations like Visit Inverness Loch Ness reach out to new visitors within the UK and promote year-round visitor experiences.

“I hope this video encourages visitors to explore a bit further and discover the region at quieter times of the year.

“It aligns perfectly with the Scotland’s Year of Stories and the legendary tale of the Loch Ness Monster is known the world over. Having local voices tell that story, with a sprinkle of humour thrown in, makes it all the more authentic for visitors.”

Exploring Loch Ness by kayak.
Exploring Loch Ness by kayak.

Filming locations include Culloden Battlefield, Ness Islands, Dores Beach, Urquhart Castle, MacGregor’s Bar, Loch Ness by Jacobite, Ancarraig Lodges, Cameron’s Tea Room, City sightseeing bus by D&E Coaches, Loch Ness Clansman Hotel, The Malt Room and kayaking on Loch Ness by In Your Element.

Read more: Number of unexplained sightings accepted by Official Loch Ness Monster Sightings Register reaches 16


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