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Besides the purported Loch Ness Monster, the other main attraction on this scenic lake is Cherry Island, the only island in this body of water. During the Iron Age, this artificial island was constructed and inhabited by neighboring tribes, but it is now solely a tourist attraction.
In Drumnadrochit, a small village to the west of Loch Ness, head for the exhibitions, but bear in mind that there are two Loch Ness Exhibition Centres. They are very different. Do a search on "Loch Ness Exhibitions" before coming. Also nearby is the Urquhart Castle, which was built in the 1200s but now lies mostly in ruins along the road A82. There are a number of other small villages around Loch Ness as well, including Invermoriston, where you can find cottages and chalets for rent during your stay; Glenmoriston, which is located close to the scenic Loch Cluanie and the Eilan Donan Castle; and Fort Augustus, the largest of the villages and home to the local tourism office.
A trip to Loch Ness would not be complete without a detour to the beautiful surroundings of the Great Glen. This is particularly known for its bird population, and avid birdwatchers are sure to catch a glimpse of various species of woodpeckers, ospreys or migratory birds in the woods around this area.
Do consider taking a tour to understand the area. There are a number of companies operating from Inverness. Try a Google search on "Loch Ness Information", "Loch Ness Tours" and/or "Loch Ness Cruises". For private tours try searching on "Inverness Private Tours" or similar.