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6-year-old Nessie fan Robin Finlay has been named an honorary ‘Watcher of the Monster’ ahead of The Quest

6-year-old becomes honorary ‘Watcher of the Monster’ ahead of huge search for Nessie

21st May 2024

Meet the newest Watcher of the Monster

A new ‘Watcher of the Monster’ has been named in the lead up to the quest for Nessie. In ten days, we’re returning with an even bigger search of Loch Ness as we continue our goal of uncovering the loch’s mysteries. On Thursday 30th May to Sunday 2nd June, we’re looking for budding monster hunters to be involved in the search, both in person and online.

Ahead of the search, 6-year-old Nessie fan Robin Finlay has been named an honorary ‘Watcher of the Monster’ after sending a drawing to help identify what the loch’s most famous inhabitant may look like.


Nessie hunters looking for the monster during The Quest

Virtual Nessie Hunters

The search isn’t limited to in-person volunteers. We welcome monster hunters unable to attend the surface watch to join online at Visit Inverness Loch Ness webcams. Several cameras are set up around the loch. People around all over the world can watch out for the famous monster. Make sure to look out for local wildlife too, on camera 365 days a year. When viewing the live cameras, watchers can capture a screenshot directly. You can even zoom in to get a better look. We encourage that you share any findings!

Scanning Loch Ness for Nessie onboard Deepscan

Robin's drawing of the monster

Budding monster hunters will know what to look out for in their quest for the truth thanks to Robin’s drawing of the monster following his visit to The Loch Ness Centre. Continuum Attractions, which operates award-winning attractions all over the UK, invested £1.5m in The Loch Ness Centre to create a modern cinematic experience with interactive elements. Robin’s drawing of the ‘water beast’ shows a monster with a long neck and body, short legs, and a tail, perfect for speeding around the famous water.

Robin's drawing of Nessie that will help Nessie Hunters during The Quest.

The Quest activities

Over the 4 days, as well as the search, there will be a number of other activities taking place. This includes a special documentary screening of Loch Ness: They Created a Monster, the new documentary explores the monster-hunting frenzy at Loch Ness in the 1970s and 80s with a special Q&A with the director John MaClaverty. Other events include a live debate with Alan McKenna from Loch Ness Exploration, Roland Watson, a renowned Loch Ness writer, and eyewitness Richard White, as they tell gripping stories, discuss ongoing research, and dissect eyewitness accounts, all while debating the existence of the elusive monster. Those wanting to watch the debate can participate in this event both virtually and in person at the centre.

For those wanting to get out on the water as part of the huge search, there is also the chance to explore the depths of the world-famous loch with Deepscan Captain, Alistair Matheson, the Skipper for the Loch Ness Project. Monster hunters have the chance to join Alistair and renowned Nessie researcher Alan McKenna from Loch Ness Exploration for an extended excursion. They will experience the thrill of utilising a 60-foot hydrophone to listen for mysterious sounds echoing from the depths of the loch.

Loch Ness - They created a monster screening at The Loch Ness Centre
Live Debate at The Loch Ness Centre

Michelle Finlay, mum of Nessie super fan Robin, said:

Robin is a true believer in Nessie and was so excited to find out he has been made an honorary Watcher of the Monster! He has said that he wants to keep looking every time we visit. He was so proud that people liked his picture too. Robin has said that when he is a grown-up he is going to be a scientist and work at The Loch Ness Centre.


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