Lonely Planet Writer

Monster news: floating wood could be behind Nessie sightings

Urquhart Bay, Scotland.
Urquhart Bay, Scotland. Image by Dave Conner / CC BY 2.0

Fallen trees and branches might explain the cluster of Loch Ness Monster sightings near Urquhart Bay Wood, according to a conversation charity. The forest is one of the few floodplain woodlands remaining in the UK and, when the waters are high in late autumn and spring, a significant amount of wood drifts into the loch. Previous explanations for the beast’s identity include circus elephants, otters and the wakes of boats. Read more: bbc.co.uk