Is The Loch Ness Monster Just A Conspiracy To Boost Scottish Tourism?

Loch Ness RocksEvery kid in Britain grows up with the Loch Ness Monster as part of their cryptozoological cultural heritage, but could it just be a conspiracy to boost tourism in Scotland? Emma Ailes reports for BBC News:

It is 80 years since hotel manageress Mrs Aldie Mackay first reported seeing a “whale-like fish” in the waters of Loch Ness.

Now an academic at St Andrew’s University is trawling through 1,000 eye-witness accounts since to see what they can tell us.

He wryly notes more than a few hotel proprietors among typical spotters. So is “Nessie” just a conspiracy to boost tourism?

It was 14 April 1933 and Mrs Mackay, manageress of the Drumnadrochit Hotel, was driving with her husband along the road to Inverness.

As they drove, she glanced out across the still calm waters of Loch Ness towards Aldourie Castle. There, in the water, she saw something.

In a rare interview years later, she described the moment to marine biologist and founder of The Loch Ness Project, Adrian Shine.

“She said it was black, wet, with the water rolling off it,” he says.

“It went in a circle, round and down. She yelled at her husband “Stop! The beast!”

It is an interesting remark, Mr Shine says.

Mrs Mackay’s sighting was reported in the Inverness Courier on 2 May 1933 by Alex Campbell, the water bailiff for Loch Ness and a part-time journalist…

[continues at BBC News]

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  • echar

    I think some but not all paranormal occurrences may be yarns to boost tourism.

  • howiebledsoe

    No way!!! Scotland, which is cold dark and grey most of the year, but then in it’s few months of summer boast clouds of biting flies and gnats, millions of misquitoes, and Europe’s unhealthiest cuisine, would NEVER need a gimmick to draw tourists to it’s rocky, unpleasant beaches and all-year-long freezing oceans.

    • http://twitter.com/ScottMojo76 Scott Mclean

      You’re full of it….Scotland is one of the most stunningly beautiful countries on Earth….with the most amazing landscapes. There are no “misquitoes” or Mosquitoes for that matter, they only exist in more tropical climates. There are no dangerous animals except for the midge, a harmless little insect. Plus the food is among the best in the world….The finest Venison, Salmon, Beef, Lamb, Seafood. Unpleasant beaches? I don’t know what you mean by that….Because of the Gulf stream on the west coast Scotland has lovely white-sand beaches and blue waters. The oceans are cold because it’s northern…..Now, stop being such a silly and offensive little prat by talking utter crap online…educate yourself!

      • Jin The Ninja

        the bit about mosquito not existing in cold climates is totally untrue- the arctic and canada are covered in them during the summer- and it’s quite a bit colder here than even the coldest parts of the UK.

        • http://twitter.com/ScottMojo76 Scott Mclean

          Ok, i’m always willing to learn about the way of the Mozzie :) However, there are none in Scotland

      • kowalityjesus

        Makes you stop wondering why proto-hominids got the f out of the tropics as soon as they could wield an atlatl or plan a crop season…imo

    • Alan Morse Davies

      I think Scotland is the most beautiful country in Europe and I’m not Scottish, it also has a huge tourism industry. Sure if you go to the highlands in the Summer you’ll have problems with midges (the gnats you were referring to).

      The unhealthy cuisine is a stereotype, sure you can find it but it’s by no means universally true, you can eat very well in most towns and cities. Were you staying in the Gorbals or Wishaw?

      Whether this is a gimmick or not I think is irrelevant. People go to Lourdes to get cured. People go to church to go to heaven. People buy Apple products to be cool. The world is full of lies and people that want to believe them.

      Whether the woman’s apparent sighting of Nessie was true or not is irrelevant. It’s like seeing the face of Jesus in a piece of toast, or Scientology, once people start to believe it moves into the realm of faith and evidence is irrelevant.

      Oh wait, you weren’t addressing that, you were just dumping on Scotland.

      In 2011, Scotland was the most visited country in the UK for tourism, 44% of total UK tourist trips.

      Perhaps you might consider including facts in your next post, just a thought.

  • nubwaxer

    ya think?

  • kowalityjesus

    Go pick up a copy of the Encyclopedia of Cryptozoology. The “Lake-monster” entries stretch on and on for 10s of pages HUNDREDS of entries from all around the world; they easily constitute the plurality of entries. I would absolutely not shake my dick at claims about the Loch Ness monster.