The Mackays

On the 14 April 1933 the Mackay’s were returning home from their trip to Inverness at 3 o’clock in the afternoon.  

Mrs Mackay noticed a disturbance on the loch and saw a large animal swimming and rising up from the water.  It had two black humps that were rising and falling into the water.  Then the creature sank.


Since the very first sightings, there have been about 10,000 eyewitnesses and sightings of the Loch Ness monster.

Sightings increased after the road was built around Loch Ness in the early 1930’s.

Richard Horan

On 26 May 1934 Brother Richard Horan was working in the boathouse of the abbey on the shores of Loch Ness when he heard a noise in the water. 

He turned and saw he was being watched by a large creature with a long graceful neck and a white stripe down its front. 

Other monks in the abbey also reported seeing the monster.

The Spicers

In July 1934 the Spicers were driving back to London after they had had a holiday in Scotland.  It was 4 o’clock in the afternoon.

200 meters ahead of them they saw a long dark shape with a long grey neck and grey body stretch across the road.

Lachlan Stuart

On 14 July 1951, a forestry worker called Lachlan Stuart was milking his cows. 

He spotted something racing down the Loch.  At first he thought it must be a speedboat.  Then he noticed three large humps on its back. 

He rushed inside to get his camera.  The monster was only 50 metres off shore when he managed to take one photo before his camera jammed.   The photo was real, but later research showed that it was probably a group of rocks in shallow water near the shore.

Tim Dinsdale

One Nessie hunter, Tim Dinsdale, spent a week watching Loch Ness in 1960. 

He said he was able to film the Loch Ness Monster, but the film was not clear.

Some people thought the film showed a motorboat.

One of Tim Dinsdale’s photos.  What do you think it is?

Arthur Grant

In August 1933, Arthur Grant  was riding home early one morning on his motorbike when he almost ran in to the monster. 

He said it was about 4 to 6 metres long. 

He jumped off his motorbike to look.  It snorted wildly and splashed into the lake.

Fort Augustus Abbey today, seen across Loch Ness

Painting of the Spicer’s sighting

Lachlan Stuart’s photo

Tim Dinsdale