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Live Debate at The Loch Ness Centre

The Loch Ness Centre Live Debate

22nd May 2024

An exclusive Loch Ness Centre debate: Listen to real experts and witnesses discuss their thoughts on the mysteries of Loch Ness, live from our Waters of the Loch room!

As part of The Quest 2024, we’re hosting an exclusive Loch Ness Centre debate. If you’re fascinated by the mysteries of Loch Ness, mark your calendar for Saturday, 1st June.

This evening promises to reveal fascinating insights about the legends, stories, and real research surrounding the existence of Nessie. What’s more, the whole event is hosted by Jenny Johnstone from the award-winning, Inverness-based podcast Stories of Scotland.

Join us in-person at the centre, or watch the discussion virtually via livestream.

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Independent Nessie Hunter Steve Feltham speaks at last year’s inaugural Expert Debate © Alison White Photography 

The Loch Ness Centre Debate: Evening Schedule

The evening will begin with guest arrivals at 5:50pm, followed by our Signature Tour at 6:00pm. Our 1-hour, cinematic experience is an exceptional learning opportunity, giving context to the history and stories of Loch Ness to-date.

At 6:45pm, we’ll transition to the Keep Looking room, where you’ll be treated to gin cocktails. Use the time to mingle and share your thoughts with like-minded visitors so far! Then, at 7.15pm, follow Jenny into our Waters of the Loch exhibit to kickstart the live debate.

Enjoy gin cocktails at this year’s Experts & Witnesses: Live Debate © Alison White Photography 

Introduction and Panel Discussion

At 7:15 pm, Jenny Johnstone from the award-winning podcast Stories of Scotland will introduce the event and our esteemed panel.

Jenny, who is usually found alongside her co-host Annie MacDonald, explores Scottish history through engaging discussions and travels around Scotland. Their podcast, recorded in Inverness, highlights forgotten or misrepresented histories and environments. You can support Annie and Jenny’s work through Patreon.

The panel discussion, starting at 7:30 pm, features three knowledgeable and passionate individuals who will share their experiences and research about the Loch Ness Monster.

Pictured from left to right: Roland Watson, Alan McKenna and Steve Feltham (2023) © Alison White Photography 

Meet the Panel

Alan Mckenna from Loch Ness Exploration brings extensive research and hands-on exploration to the table. His work at Loch Ness has provided valuable insights into the ongoing mystery. You can learn more about Alan’s fascinating work here.

Roland Watson, a dedicated writer and blogger, has been absorbed by the Loch Ness mystery since he was a child. In 2010, he started his blog to share his findings and counter scepticism. He has since published over 800 posts and three books on the topic. Roland’s extensive knowledge and enthusiasm make him a vital part of The Loch Ness Centre Live Debate.

Richard White will share his eyewitness account from 27 years ago. He captured a series of intriguing photographs on the loch. His story, which has drawn significant attention and continues to spark interest, provides a compelling personal narrative to the debate.

Live debate in the Waters of the Loch at The Loch Ness Centre

Last year’s Expert Debate attendees participate in a live discussion © Alison White Photography 

Q&A Session

Following the panel discussion, Jenny will lead a Q&A session at 8:00pm. This will give you the chance to ask your burning questions to the panel. Whether you’re here in person or tuning in virtually, we encourage you to join the conversation and engage with our experts.

We’re looking forward to an evening of shared stories and deep dives into the lore of Loch Ness. Whether you’re a long-time Nessie enthusiast or just curious about the legend, our Experts & Witnesses: Live Debate promises to be a memorable experience. We can’t wait to see you there!


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