2019 marked the 50th anniversary of the most famous Loch Ness monster photo of all — the one with Nessie’s head rising out of the water to wink at the camera.
But could Nessie still be roaming the waters, 50 years on? Considering that she’s been going strong for at least 1500 years, we have absolutely no doubt.
And with today’s Big Deal, you can explore this super atmospheric loch for yourself from the base of the historic Benleva hotel.
Loch Ness jaunt
The Benleva is close to the charming village of Drumnadrochit at Loch Ness. As soon as you reach the end of the tree-lined drive and catch your first glimpse of this 300-year-old hotel, you’ll know that you’re in for a cosy stay.
The restaurant offers fresh and homely Scottish food, while the bar serves the hotel’s very own Hanging Tree Brewery cask ale, as well as whiskies and fine wines.
Each of the ensuite guest rooms have been recently refurbished with views of the hotel grounds and surrounding area. All have power showers, Freeview TV, free WiFi and tea & coffee making facilities.
Plenty of choice
This Big Deal has three options. Option one is for an overnight stay for two with a full Scottish breakfast.
Option two adds on a two-course set menu dinner for two. Option three adds on an extra night dinner on the first night and a lovely chilled bottle of Prosecco to crack open on arrival.
You can enjoy this Loch Ness escape seven days until the 31st of March.
Hearty Scottish dining
The Benleva kitchen brigade source the finest meats, seafood and produce in the Highlands, then craft them into simple, classic dishes.
Typical offerings include pan-fried haddock with sauteed potatoes; chicken breast baked with redcurrant jelly & brie, and tempura vegetable, mushroom & pea fried rice with teriyaki sauce.
It’s reviews like this one that have bagged The Benleva a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence:
‘Great Location for an overnight in Loch Ness. We spent the night here on our Highlands road trip in the second week of October 2019. Great accommodations and friendly staff. The in-house restaurant had good food and the pub was lively enough to spend the evening…not overly pricey and well worth the stopover.’ 5/5
A comfy Loch Ness jaunt would make a lovely Christmas surprise for your other half.
You can take lochside strolls together, cosy up in the Benleva bar and, with option three, enjoy a cheeky extra night (oh go on, don’t say you’re not tempted by that bottle of Prosecco on arrival).