Where is the Loch Ness Monster? Fun activities for kids.
The Loch Ness Monster
Think tartans and kilts
Loch Ness is in Scotland. Scotland is attached to the north of England. Scotland is a country - just like England is. They are both part of the United Kingdom.
Anyone who thinks Loch Ness is in England is mistaken.
Nessie is definitely Scottish.
Suddenly there's a reason for kids to research all things Scottish. Who would have thought that learning could be so much fun?
Everybody loves Nessie
Most kids have heard of the Loch Ness monster.
For instance, in one episode of 'The Simpsons', Mr Burns captures the Loch Ness Monster and has it delivered to Springfield; the 'Scooby-Doo' team visited Loch Ness in an animated film released direct to video; and a variety of feature films based on the legend of the Loch Ness monster are regularly screened on television.
Captivated by the idea of a giant (often misunderstood) water creature, children begin to ask "Where is Loch Ness?" and "Is there really a Loch Ness Monster?"
If your children show an interest in learning more about Nessie, encourage them. The Loch Ness Monster has brought many families together for quality family time.
I'm just one mother who has taken full advantage of the Nessie legend.
Want to go to Loch Ness?
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The search for the Loch Ness Monster begins
There are so many questions that spring to mind in any conversation about the Loch Ness Monster, and so many opportunities to undertake research.
This is a welcome chance for parents to help their children develop a range of skills useful for future academic study, plus general life skills.
Even young children can be shown how to google topics of interest. Nessie is mentioned in all kinds of information from a variety of sources.
Anyone researching Loch Ness will come across a number of unfamiliar words.
- What's a ben?
- What's a glen?
- What's a loch?
With great excitement, a child discovers a ben is a mountain, a glen is a valley, and a loch is a lake.
Choosing a movie about the Loch Ness Monster
If your children enjoy the Chronicles of Narnia, I suspect they will love the movie 'The Water Horse'.
This is the only Loch Ness movie that I actively recommend.
The DVD can be purchased very cheaply from Amazon and is likely to become a family favourite.
Lots of other movies have been made at Loch Ness, but their storylines and thriller element can't really be recommended for children. They are unlikely to inspire active research or a dream of visiting the loch - both of which are essential if you want to use Nessie as an educational tool.
The Water Horse has a lovely fantasy element that appealed enormously to my children.
The best movie about the Loch Ness Monster - suitable for kids
Cheap and fun trip to Loch Ness
Kids can plan their own trip to Loch Ness to hunt for the Loch Ness Monster
I appreciate that many families may never have the chance to visit Loch Ness, but it costs nothing to dream.
Encourage your children to plan a trip. You have nothing to lose and they have so much to gain.
We all know that kids learn best when they are genuinely interested in a topic. Exploring the idea of a trip to Loch Ness to search for Nessie creates opportunities to actively involve your chld in a diverse range of educational concepts.
Put the planned trip under the heading 'Things to do if we win the Lotto', or 'Places to go when you are an adult' and let them plan their ultimate Loch Ness adventure - in the hope that one day they'll go there.
- Kids can research air flights to Heathrow, London (if you live outside the UK)
- ... and then what will you do?
- How do you get close to Loch Ness on a plane?
- In fact, do you have to go through London if you want to get to Scotland from overseas? Hmmm ... there's a question it could be fun answering.
Better grab an atlas.
- What's the capital of Scotland?
- Is it Glasgow or Edinburgh?
- Which city is closest to Loch Ness?
- Do international flights go there?
How will you get from the airport to Loch Ness?
Of course if you live in the UK (or in Europe with cheap flights to the UK), you could make a trip to Loch Ness with your children.
Where is the Loch Ness Monster?
This is the best place in the world for a photo of the Loch Ness Monster!!
Drive to Loch Ness and look for Nessie
Keeping busy until Nessie rises from the loch
On our trips to Loch Ness we never expect to see the Loch Ness monster, but we certainly enjoy the chance to see it if it chooses to raise its head.
Is the Loch Ness monster real? We still don't know.
But we still like to think it might be.
In a country like Scotland, camping is very different to camping in the warm climate found in places like Australia. A weekend in a tent in the Scottish highlands is far less attractive (for me at least) than a weekend spent in a tent near the beach in Australia.
RVs in the UK tend to come complete with a heater. In Australia, you get an air conditioner. The heater is important for most months of the year in Scotland. I highly recommend the RV option if you do make the trip.
Our family believes it is much more fun to be close to the loch with the slight fear in your belly that Nessie just might choose to climb from the loch and brush past your RV than to stay in even the nicest accommodation in the nearest town.
Part of the fun of a Loch Ness adventure
More activities for your child
Perhaps your child shares my youngest daughter's passion for RVs. With a motor home, you can park right alongside the Loch and spend all day - and all night - being excited about a possible Nessie encounter.
- If you want to hire a motor home for the trip, you'll need to find out how many pounds it would cost.
- And then you'll have to help your child convert your own currency to British Pounds. Not Egyptian Pounds. (There's another topic you might like to explore further.)
What would you do at Loch Ness?
- Go on a cruise?
- Visit the Loch Ness Exhibition Centre?
- Spend the night in a comfortable b&b?
- Look for other tourist activities in the area?
Better make a list.
What else can kids learn from Nessie?
When children choose to learn about Loch Ness, and plan an adventure to try and spot Nessie, parents and teachers have a chance to weave the Scottish theme through any (and all) educational activities - including spelling.
Create spelling lists with the kids.
- A list of things you would need at Loch Ness - like coat, camera, and binoculars.
- A list of uniquely Scottish words - like kilt, sporran and haggis.
- A list of Nessie-related words.
Learn about cloud types and weather elements if your child shows an interest.
Perhaps discuss (and discover) other types of native wildlife in Nessie's part of the world.
Could these ducks on Loch Ness be Khaki Campbells??
Loch Ness Ducks
I am not a duck expert. I have, however, had ducks at various times over the years. Among them, Khaki Campbells - wonderful egg layers.
My understanding is that the Khaki Campbell is the result of experiments by Mrs Adele Campbell from Gloucestershire in England who crossed Runners with Rouen and Mallards in 1901.
The ducks I photographed on the banks of Loch Ness look similar to the Khaki Campbells I raised in Australia, although the male has a little more brown on his body than mine did.
Does anyone know what kind of ducks these are? I admit I like the idea of the local ducks having a Scottish name.
Hmm ... I wonder if the Loch Ness Monster's diet would include ducks. I'll have to ask my daughter what she thinks. :)
Loch Ness one day
No matter how young or old you are, Loch Ness offers a genuinely unique holiday experience. It is one of those places that everyone should try to visit at least once.
One day you might win the Lotto or win a free trip and decide to take your family to see for yourselves where Loch Ness is located - and discover if the Loch Ness monster is real. Over 1,000 visitors have reported seeing something they believe supports the existence of the Loch Ness monster.
Involve your children in the process of researching Loch Ness and its legendary monster, starting today.
You want to be ready ... and planning a trip is always half the fun!
Live webcam at Loch Ness
- Loch Ness Webcam
Live webcam of Nessie (if you are lucky) and Loch Ness showing views over the loch and from Urquhart Castle and Eilean Donan Castle.
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