Where did the name Loch Ness come from, and how did Cherry Island come to be? When have the waters run red with blood? From history to fauna, this book is great for locals and visitors alike. Known throughout the world for its legendary inhabitant, Loch Ness has inspired folklore and fascination in the hearts of those who visit it for centuries. But what of the characters, the history and the myths which enchanted inhabitants and travellers alike long before the first sightings of the so-called Loch Ness Monster? Katharine Stewart takes us on a journey through the past and the politics, the heroes and villains, and the natural beauties that are the true source of the magic of Loch Ness.
Katharine Stewart was born in 1914 and is one of Britain's oldest living writers. During the war, she worked for the Admiralty in London. She then moved to Abriachan, near Inverness, where she ran a croft and wrote documentaries for the BBC. Her previous books include A Croft in the Hills, Women of the Highlands and The Crofting Way. She was instrumental in setting up the museum at Abriachan, and in 2005 received the Saltire Society Highland Branch Award for Contribution to the Understanding of Highland Culture, in recognition of her work.