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The Quest Weekend

2nd Aug 2023

The Quest to find Nessie begins with the biggest search of the Loch for more than 50 years

We are looking for a new generation of monster hunters to help uncover the truth, 90 years after famous sighting.

We are the headline sponsors of Loch Ness Exploration’s (LNE), an independent and voluntary research team, search the famous waters of Loch Ness and uncover its mysteries. We are looking for budding monster hunters to be involved in the weekend, taking place Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th August, with the search being the biggest of its kind since the Loch Ness Investigation Bureau (LNIB) studied the Loch in 1972.

Over the weekend, surveying equipment that has never been used on Loch Ness before will be enlisted to uncover the secrets of the mysterious waters. This includes thermal drones to produce thermal images of the water from the air using infrared cameras, as observing heat from above could provide a crucial component for identifying any mysterious anomalies. Finally, a hydrophone will be used to detect acoustic signals under the water, listening for any Nessie-like calls, as well as further technology in the hunt for the truth.

Calling all Monster Hunters

As part of the weekend of activities, the Loch Ness Centre and LNE are looking for volunteers to take part in a giant surface watch of the Loch, keeping an eye out for breaks in the water and any inexplicable movements. Each morning, Alan McKenna from LNE will brief volunteers live from the Loch Ness Centre on what to look out for and how to record findings; each day there will also be a debrief from the reimagined centre to go through the day’s findings.

The Quest Weekend has now ended – watch this space for upcoming details of what was found…

View of loch ness from Deepscan Cruise

Nessie Hunter Cruise

For others wanting to get involved in the quest, there is also the chance to get out on the water and explore the depths of the world-famous loch with Deepscan Captain, Alistair Matheson, the Skipper for the Loch Ness Project. There will also be four Premium Deepscan cruises over the weekend with a member of the original Loch Ness Investigation Bureau and Alan McKenna of Loch Ness Exploration, costing £45 per person, offering an extended trip using a 60 foot hydrophone to listen for noises in the depths of the loch. Guests can book a trip on board the vessel, named after the famous expedition carried out on the Loch in 1987.

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Looking for Nessie onboard Deepscan.
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Alan McKenna, of Loch Ness Exploration, said:

“Since starting LNE, it’s always been our goal to record, study and analyse all manner of natural behaviour and phenomena that may be more challenging to explain. It’s our hope to inspire a new generation of Loch Ness enthusiasts and by joining this large scale surface watch, you’ll have a real opportunity to personally contribute towards this fascinating mystery that has captivated so many people from around the world.”


Paul Nixon, General Manager of the Loch Ness Centre, said:

“We are guardians of this unique story, and as well as investing in creating an unforgettable experience for visitors, we are committed to helping continue the search and unveil the mysteries that lie underneath the waters of the famous Loch. The weekend gives an opportunity to search the waters in a way that has never been done before, and we can’t wait to see what we find.”


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