The only place that lists every Nessie sighting
Sightings count - 1114 recorded to date
"While there are many people who do not believe that the Loch Ness Monster exists, there is practically no one who would not be overjoyed to find out that it did" - Daniel Cohen 1970
See the 21st Century record of 15 reported sightings of something unexplained at Loch Ness in 2018 here - we're still waiting for the first of 2019, though, so let us know if you see something!
If you're staying in accommodation around the loch look out for the 'report a sighting' cards issued by the Cobbs group If you want to see the Nessie in the picture below then head to the Dores Inn by the loch
To see the loch in all its glory, drive the MONSTER 66 - all the best places to see Nessie
The total count includes all those reported and recorded since 565AD - the very first sighting report can be seen here. The register is split into three sections:
- Sightings from the 21st Century - these show that Nessie sightings aren't just ancient folklore.
- Sightings from 1986 - 1999 - These complete the list for 15 centuries of sightings up to the end of 1999.
- Sightings recorded from 565AD to 1985. Most of these were published in the book 'The Enigma of Loch Ness' by Professor Henry H Bauer although others are being added as they are reported.
However, it's not just Nessie that fascinates people - did you know that in Scotland alone, there are 23 other lochs (in addition to Loch Ness) where sightings of unknown creatures have been noted - we've also decided to record those where we can.
So, if you see something in Loch Ness or elsewhere, let us know and we'll add it to the list. Pictures are especially welcome as they help prove what you saw.
As you'll also appreciate, there are also many historical sightings - we're adding them to the register as we find them so if you know of any old unreported sightings, please tell us so that we can update the lists.
Gary Campbell, Keeper of the Register of Sightings, Loch Ness
To report a sighting, follow this link : REPORT A SIGHTING
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