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Loch Morar

It is surprising how many lochs in Inverneshire have monster traditions and sightings, Loch Ness, Loch Lhinne, Loch Lochy, and Loch Arkaig to name a few. Loch Morar also has a many sightings of strange creatures within its waters, and - judging by witness sightings - is probably as likely to have something within its depths as Loch Ness.

The loch, although not as large a mass of water as Loch Ness is a 1000 feet deep in places, and is much more remote and inaccessible to eyewitnesses. Its alleged resident beastie has been dubbed Morag, who in general appearance resembles the classic pictures of Nessie as a plesiosaur.

One of the most frightening encounters with Morag took place in August 1969. Two friends, Duncan McDonnell, and Bill Simpson, were fishing on the loch in a motor cruiser. They became aware of a loud splashing in the water behind them and turned to see a large object in the water, which rammed the boat side-on in a deliberate manner.

Simpson grabbed his shotgun from the boat and fired at the creature, which was described as 25 to 30 feet long, with dirty brown rough skin, 3 large black humps and a snake like head. The creature slowly slipped back under the water after it had been shot at, much to the relief of the two men.

Morag has been seen on several other occasions, and the lochs remoteness (there is no road around the Loch) compared to Loch Ness, suggests that there would be many more sightings if the Loch was more accessible.

Directions: Reached via the A830.

Daniel Parkinson

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