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Nessie hunters looking for the monster during The Quest

Surface Watch

Saturday 1st June - 10am to 4pm

Join Loch Ness Exploration as a volunteer Nessie Hunter for a surface watch of Loch Ness, where you’ll assist in the ongoing quest to uncover the truth behind the legendary monster. 

As part of the team, you’ll have the unique opportunity to scan the vast waters, observe any unusual activity, and contribute to valuable research efforts. Dive into the mystery and become an integral part of the search for Scotland’s most elusive inhabitant.

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What to expect?

  • Potential Nessie sighting
  • Be a part of the Nessie hunting community
  • Unique opportunity to contribute to valuable research
  • Fun day out for everyone
  • Free to take part
  • Part of The Quest
Alan Mckenna from Loch Ness Exploration outside The Loch Ness Centre

The Search

Engage in a surface watch of Loch Ness with Alan Mckenna from Loch Ness Exploration, where you’ll play a crucial role in the ongoing quest to unravel the mysteries surrounding the legendary monster. As a valued Nessie hunter, you’ll actively participate in scanning the vast expanse of water, eagerly anticipating any signs or sightings that could shed light on the existence of the elusive creature.

Immerse yourself in the breath-taking scenery of the Scottish Highlands, feeling the thrill of being part of a dedicated team committed to exploration and discovery. Your involvement adds depth to the experience, as every pair of eyes scanning the horizon increases the chances of capturing a glimpse of the enigmatic Loch Ness Monster.

Throughout the surface watch, you’ll have the opportunity to spot iconic landmarks like Urquhart Castle, while also keeping a vigilant watch for native wildlife that adds to the natural splendor of the area. Your active participation not only enhances the adventure but also contributes to the collective efforts to uncover the truth behind one of the world’s most enduring mysteries.

Join us as we embark on this extraordinary journey together, fuelled by curiosity, passion, and a shared determination to unlock the secrets hidden within the depths of Loch Ness.

A boy looking for Nessie during The Quest
Lots of volunteer Nessie Hunters on Dores Beach looking for the monster

90th anniversary since the first organised search for Nessie

This year marks the 90th anniversary since the first organised search for Nessie, when Sir Edward Mountain took a team of twenty and became the ‘Watchers of the Monster’. Since then, there have been over 1,1156 sightings of the beast on the Official Loch Ness Monster Sightings Register. As part of this year’s quest, The Loch Ness Centre and Loch Ness Exploration are looking for volunteers to become modern day ‘Watchers of the Monster’ and take part in a giant surface watch of the Loch, keeping an eye out for breaks in the water. You’ll be briefed by Alan Mckenna on what to look out for and how to record findings.

Edward Mountain surface watch image

Caley Cruisers

Delve into the Surface Watch with Caley Cruiser and enjoy 10% off your stay for 3, 4, or 7 nights, from May 28th to Saturday, June 8th. Just use code QUEST24 at checkout. This is your chance to join the surface watch right from the middle of the loch. Book now for a unique experience!

Caley Cruisers at The Quest
Caley Cruisers overlooking Urquhart Castle