High speed monster hunters sought for new Loch Ness business

Nessie hunting could be set for a high speed upgrade as Scottish Canals seeks a new business partner to operate an adrenaline-pumping fast boat service from the north of Loch Ness.

Based at Dochgarroch on the outskirts of Inverness, the new business would offer visiting tourists the chance to take to the iconic waters of Loch Ness on board a rigid inflatable boat (RIB), taking in iconic sights such as Urquhart Castle and possibly catching a glimpse of the loch’s most famous (and reclusive) resident – Nessie.

Interested businesses are being urged to contact Scottish Canals for more information, with all formal submissions to be made through the Scottish Government’s procurement portal. It’s hoped the new venture could be taking would-be monster hunters on a high-speed tour of Loch Ness by spring 2018.

We’re always looking to offer our visitors incredible experiences on Scotland’s canals and taking to the waters of Loch Ness at high speed with the wind in your hair and iconic sights all around you certainly lives up to that description.

Hundreds of thousands of visitors from all over the world take a trip on the loch each year hoping to catch a glimpse of its most reclusive resident. I’d encourage any businesses who think they could help them explore the myths and majesty of the loch – and enjoy some thrills in the process – to get in touch and help us create a fantastic new tourist attraction on its iconic shores.

Katie Hughes, Director of Estates and Commerce at Scottish Canals

Loch Ness is famous throughout the world, not only for the monster which is said to inhabit its waters, but as an area of outstanding natural beauty. It is estimated that the Loch Ness Monster or ‘Nessie’ phenomenon is worth more than £60 million to the Scottish economy. Hundreds of thousands of visitors travel to Loch Ness every year hoping to catch a glimpse of the monster.

Britain’s longest inland waterway, the 60-mile Caledonian Canal links Scotland’s east and west coasts via stretches of man-made waterway and lochs Dochfour, Ness, Oich, and Lochy. It was built to provide a shortcut between the North Sea and the Atlantic Ocean.

Running from Fort William in the west to Inverness in the east, the canal carves through an extraordinary range of terrain, from fen to forest and marshland to mountains, as it follows the course of the Great Glen – the rift valley that provides the waterway with much of its breathtaking mountain scenery.

Businesses interested in the commercial opportunity on Loch Ness should submit their proposal via www.publiccontractsscotland.co.uk.

Notes to Editors

  • Scottish Canals is responsible to the Scottish Government for the management and development of five Scottish canals as well as the surrounding estate and The Falkirk Wheel. See www.ScottishCanals.co.uk or follow @ScottishCanals for more information
  • The Forth & Clyde, Union and Monkland canals in the Lowlands, the Crinan Canal in Argyll and the Caledonian Canal in the Highlands, together extend over 137 miles from coast to coast, across country and into the cities of Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness
  • Built two hundred years ago to fire the Industrial Revolution, today the canals contribute to the Scottish Government agenda of developing a Greener; Healthier; Smarter; Safer and Stronger; and Wealthier and Fairer Scotland by acting as a catalyst for sustainable economic development, regeneration and tourism; contributing to education, biodiversity, heritage and promoting active living and healthier lifestyles
  • Today Scottish Canals is utilising these 18th century assets along with innovative technology to tackle modern problems. Through working with partners to create pioneering systems, Scottish Canals is helping to combat flooding and driving positive transformation in some of Scotland’s most disadvantaged areas
  • The Forth & Clyde, Union, Monkland, Caledonian and Crinan canals are recognised as Scheduled Monuments and attract 22million visits per year. See www.scottishcanals.co.uk for more information

For further information, please contact:

Nicola Sturgeon at Scottish Canals on 07767 383 557 or email Nicola.Sturgeon@scottishcanals.co.uk

Chris McDonald at Scottish Canals, on 07917 217 608 or email Chris.McDonald@scottishcanals.co.uk

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