While no hard evidence for the existence of the Loch Ness Monster has yet
turned up, heaps of anecdotal evidence exist. Although such eyewitness accounts
are of little value scientifically, they can be compelling nevertheless. Below,
lend an ear to several native Scots who swear they saw something in the loch.
These tales were collected by the producers of the NOVA film "The Beast of Loch
Note: We strongly recommend that you listen to rather than read these tales.
Delivered in classic Highland brogue, the earnest recollections of these
Scottish Highlanders, many of whom have lived on or near the loch for years,
smack of the truth—and may leave you convinced that, indeed, something out
of the ordinary lives in Loch Ness.
"I saw it, and nothing can take that away."
Well, we're talking about an incident that happened approximately 32 years ago,
almost to the very day—mid-summer, June 1965. I, along with a friend, was
on the south shore of Loch Ness, fishing for brown trout, looking almost
directly into Urquhart Bay, when I saw something break the surface of the
water. I glanced there, and I saw it, and then it wasn't there, it had
But while watching, keeping an eye, and fishing gently, I saw an object
surface. It was a large, black object—a whale-like object, going from
infinity up, and came round onto a block end—and it submerged, to reappear a
matter of seconds later. But on this occasion, the block end, which had been on
my right, was now on my left, so I realized immediately that while in the
process of surfacing, as it may, it had rotated. And with the predominant wind,
the south-west wind, it appeared to be, I would say, at that stage drifting
So I called to my friend Willie Frazer, who incidentally had a sighting of an
object on the Loch almost a year ago to the very day. I called him, and he come
up and joined me. We realized that it was drifting towards us, and, in fact, it
came to within I would say about 250, 300 yards.
In no way am I even attempting to convert anybody to the religion of the object
of Loch Ness. I mean, they can believe it, but it doesn't upset me if they
don't believe it. Because I would question very much if I hadn't the
extraordinary experience of seeing this object. If I hadn't seen it I
would have without question given a lot of skepticism to what it was. But I saw
it, and nothing can take that away.
#8212;Ian Cameron, a retired superintendent of the Northern Police Force, lives
with his wife Jessie in Inverness, Scotland, at the head of the loch. A keen
angler, he is an authority on the Atlantic salmon.
"I'm gobsmacked, I just didn't know what it was."
Right, I'm driving along the Loch side, glancing out of the window. You can see
the rock formation, I was just down on the road there, it just rises. I saw
this boiling in the water. I thought, "No, it can't be anything," and I carried
on a wee bit. Then I looked again, and I saw three black humps. I mean, you
know, there's the chance, I've seen something in the water. But what is it?
So I'm gobsmacked, I'm looking out the window, I just didn't know what it was.
Then the people came behind me, and they obviously wanted me to move. But I
didn't want to lose sight of this thing. So I just pulled over to the side,
grabbed my camera, and I thought I was being very cool and very nonchalant and
took two or three photos. In fact, as I say, I had taken nine or ten, without
realizing, I just punched the button. It was just a pity it was a small
NOVA: Did anybody else see anything?
WHITE: Yeah, the other two people who were there—I was just so excited I didn't get
their name and address or anything—they saw it exactly the same as me.
Because the wee wifey, who would have been a lady in her fifties, on holiday,
she was Scottish, she said to me, "I've not been in the bar this morning!" And
her husband said, "Ach, it's an eel! It's an eel!" And I said, "There's no eels
that big!" And he said, "Ach, it's otters!" And I said, "You don't get otters
swimming out like that!"
I saw what I saw, and I'm not going to be dissuaded. It wasn't just an
imagination. I'm a sane guy, and I've got no ax to grind. As I say I sell pet
food! What use to me is the Loch Ness monster? Unless I can invent a food
called, I don't know, Monster Munchies perhaps?
#8212;Richard White lives in the village of Muir of Ord, north of Inverness. He
runs his own business selling pet food, and he also breeds dogs.
"When I got home I thought, 'I need a strong drink.'"
Well, the day that
I saw the monster, it was the end of September 1990, and I was driving back
from Inverness. I came up the hill where we came in sight of the bay, glanced
out across it, and saw this large lump, is the best way to describe it. The
nearest I can tell you is it looked like a boat that had turned upside down.
Pretty much like that one out there, actually, same sort of size. If you took
that boat and put it in the entrance to the bay, which is where I saw the
monster, that's the size of it. About 30 feet in length, and nearly 10 feet in
height from the water to the top of the back.
It was a bright, sunny day, the water was bright blue, and it really showed up
against it. It was a mixture of browns, greens, sludgy sort of colors. I looked
at it on and off for a few seconds, because I was driving. Must have seen it
three or four times, and the last time I looked, it was gone!
NOVA: What did you think? What went through your mind at the time?
MOFFAT: Well, I thought to myself, "Oh, there's Nessie. 'Bout time I saw it, I've
been living here a year." And then something in the back of my head sort of
said, "That's not just Nessie, that's got to be the Loch Ness Monster
that everybody has spent thousands of pounds searching for, and you're looking
at the darn thing." I nearly drove off the road, but luckily I didn't because
we had a fairly new car. Can you imagine what the insurance claim would have
NOVA: What happened when you got home?
MOFFAT: When I got home I thought, "I need a strong drink." But there was none in the
house, so I thought, "Right. Strong coffee will do."
#8212;Val Moffat has lived on the shores of Loch Ness for 11 years with her
husband Ron. She helps her daughter Pamela run the village post office and tea
room in Glen Urquhart, and she also does some charitable work.
"As far as I'm concerned, I've seen it."
Okay, what happened was, it was March 14th, 1996. I was beside the Loch, I was
doing my job. I'm the area manager of an insurance company, and I cover a large
part of the Highlands. I sat beside the Loch and lay by just to do some—it
was further up the Loch here around that corner—just to do some paperwork,
and away up there you can see the dark bay coming out at the top of the Loch.
I was sitting doing paperwork, and I looked up at the Loch, and out of the
corner of my eye, I saw this black hump come out of the water. I thought,
"Heavens!" and looked at it again, and sure enough it went back into the water
and came back out again and back down. I thought, immediately sort of looked
ahead and thought, "I've seen it!" Good grief, after all these years being here
and then thinking "Heavens above!" you know, "I've actually seen it!"
One of the interesting things was at the time there was another chap with me
who had just disappeared. It's just typical of these things that I didn't have
a camera with me (I carry one now obviously). At the time, this other guy, I
had just taken a photograph of him for his family, and he just disappeared. He
literally had just driven out just two minutes beforehand, so I had absolutely
no one else to corroborate.
But on the hump, I would say it was black, sort of a dark black color, it had
the water coursing off it, and it was just big, I think is the best way to put
it. It certainly wasn't a seal, it certainly wasn't a fish. All I can say is
that I suppose looking at the Loch, that somewhere in there is the Loch Ness
monster. And as far as I'm concerned, I've seen it.
#8212;Gary Campbell, an accountant, lives in Inverness
with his wife Cathy. He founded the official Loch Ness Fan Club, which includes
"It was gray-brown, massive, the size of a big bus."
Well, I've lived here all my life, so that's coming up for 59 years, I'm
afraid, and I've fished this Loch here nearly all my life, for salmon. I've
caught a few, not as many as I would have liked to have caught, and I basically
know the place, just back to front really.
Well, I was about 14 years old, and we had a local farm down here at
Drumnadrochit. My late brother and late mother were in the car, and we were
driving to Inverness for messages on a Saturday. Beautiful day, flat-calm
surface. About eight miles from here down towards Inverness, opposite Aldourie
Castle, I happened just to look to the Loch and shout "Stop the car!" My
brother stopped the car, and we all saw this huge commotion right in the center
of the Loch.
It was gray-brown, massive. Now, I always try to relate it to the size of a
bus, a big bus. It flipped over, just flipped right over like that, crashed
down. You could see it, and the waves from that point were about three feet
high and ebbed to each side of the Loch.
That's what I actually saw with my own eyes and my late mother saw and my late
brother saw. We did tell one or two people, but we didn't tell too many. I
myself obviously think I saw the monster, but I certainly saw that. Nobody to
this day has been able to tell me exactly what I saw or what we saw. Therefore
I must say that it was the monster, really. I mean, I actually saw it. It was
an object, it was huge. What was it? It must have been the monster.
#8212;Ronald Mackintosh was born and raised in the village of Drumnadrochit on the
shores of Loch Ness. He is a retired salesman for a Scottish beer company and a
great authority on local history.
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