Loch Ness

  1. 'Going in the right direction but still questions'

    Steven McKenzie

    BBC Scotland Highlands and Islands reporter

    Loch Ness tourist gifts

    Willie Cameron, of Loch Ness Marketing, said the first minister's announcement will have given the Highlands tourism industry some signs of hope.

    He said the possibility of the economy opening up from late April could mean Scottish staycations in May and further breaks in the summer.

    "Things are going in the right direction, and we live in hope, but there are still lots of questions," said the businessman dubbed Mr Loch Ness.

    "You can't just open self-catering and not pubs and restaurants and visitor attractions also at the same time. People will want the full package. They will want to go places, and the industry will want to show the Highlands at its best."

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    Video caption: Lifeboat rescues flying boat stranded on Loch Ness

    The Catalina flying boat had been attempting to take off from Loch Ness when it developed engine problems.

  3. Loch Ness cycle race cancelled

    Etape Loch Ness

    Cycle race Etape Loch Ness has been cancelled for this year.

    The popular event was due to take place on 26 April before being postponed until 13 September.

    Organisers Caledonian Concepts have now decided to not go ahead this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

    It said all entries will automatically be transferred to the 2021 Etape Loch Ness, taking place on 25 April.

  4. Loch Ness Marathon organisers still planning for October race

    Loch Ness Marathon

    Organisers of the Loch Ness Marathon are still planning for the event to go ahead on 4 October.

    But event director Malcolm Sutherland said he is waiting on further guidance from the Scottish government, World Health Organisation and other public bodies.

    In the event it cannot go ahead, entrants will be offered a refund or a place in the 2021 edition.

    The Covid-19 lockdown has led to the cancellation of races across the world, including September's Berlin Marathon and the Boston Marathon, which was last week called off for the first time since 1897.

    The re-scheduled London Marathon is due to take place on the same day as the Loch Ness race.

    But event director Hugh Brasher last month said he "cannot be certain" it will go ahead and pledged to give a further update on 21 June.

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  5. Bullying whistleblower returns to work full-time

    Lorien Cameron Ross
    Image caption: Dr Lorien Cameron Ross also runs a gin distillery with her husband and have changed production to making hand sanitiser

    One of a group of senior clinicians who exposed a "culture of bullying" at NHS Highland is working full-time at the health board to help tackle the coronavirus.

    Dr Lorien Cameron Ross was among health workers who spoke out in September 2018, leading to an independent review of bullying allegations at NHS Highland.

    Following a rise in virus cases in the UK, she has changed from working in her role as clinical director for out of hours from part-time to full-time.

    Separately, she helps run a gin distilling business with her husband Kevin on the shores of Loch Ness.

    The couple have turned production at Loch Ness Spirits to making hand sanitiser for community groups and organisations helping the homeless and people in supported accommodation.

  6. Loch Ness visitor centre shuts for first time in 40 years

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    Image caption: The Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition has temporarily shut down for the first time

    A tourist attraction at Loch Ness has temporarily shutdown for the first time since it opened 40 years ago.

    The Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition has only previously closed for Christmas Day, said its co-owner David Bremner.

    The site in Drumnadrochit closed on Friday in line with efforts to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

    Mr Bremner said if the Loch Ness Monster could avoid social contact for centuries, the centre could manage to do the same for a "few weeks".