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Before you watch
Think about the following questions:
- Are there any old stories about monsters in your country?
- Why do you think some stories are passed down from generation to generation?
- Are these stories factual? (based on the truth)
Now, watch Stephen and Ashlie as they discover the delights of Scotland.
Ashlie: Look at this, Stephen. It says here that this castle was built in the Sixth Century.
Ashlie: Stephen, can you imagine what life must have been like to live here in those days?
Stephen: Ashlie, I need to concentrate. I don’t want to miss the monster.
Ashlie: We’re here on the banks of Loch Ness and this is Urquhart Castle. It’s a wonderful place with some amazing views.
Stephen: And a great place to look for the monster!
Ashlie: Oh look, they do tours of the loch. Now that would be a better way to search for Nessie, and quite a nice way to spend an afternoon. Come on. Let’s find out more about the boat tours.
Ashlie: The boats must leave from over there. Come on, let’s see if we can get some tickets.
Stephen: Wait a minute Ash! I want to take a few photos, the views from here are amazing.
Ashlie: Okay but be quick. I don’t want to miss the boat.
Stephen: Let me take one of you over there. Left a bit. Right a bit. Perfect.
Ashlie: Ok, shall I take one of you?
Stephen: Yes, here you go.
Ashlie: Ok. Back a bit. Back a bit. Back a bit more, lovely.
Ashlie: Stephen! You idiot!
Stephen: Thanks a lot, Ashlie!
Ashlie: Oh come on. We don’t want to miss the boat.
Ashlie: Excuse me. Is this the Loch Ness tour boat?
Tour Guide: Yes, have you got a ticket for me?
Ashlie: Great! thank you very much.
Stephen: This is great. I wonder if we’ll see the Loch Ness Monster.
Ashlie: It’s not real you know.
Tour Guide: Well actually, there have been a lot of sightings of a... a creature in this area. Believe it or not, it goes all the way back to the year 565. Saint Columba was travelling through this part of the highlands when he’s said to have blessed the water here to rid the waters of a large creature that was plaguing the local folks. Although I would say that most of the modern day sightings, they started around the 1930‘s, when this road alongside Loch Ness was first built.
Ashlie: I don’t know.
Stephen: So do you think the Loch Ness Monster’s real then?
Tour Guide: Well, there’s certainly a lot of area for some creature to hide in because the Loch here is 38 Kilometres long from end to end, it averages about 230 metres deep. So there’s plenty of area for a monster to hide. But if you can’t see it by eye, perhaps you might just like to check out the sonar in the main saloon.
Tour Guide: Yes!
Stephen: I’m going to go to the front of the boat for a better view.
Ashlie: Oh wait a minute. Give me the camera and I’ll take a proper photo of you. And try not to fall down this time, yeah?
Ashlie: Stephen... Look at this. What’s that?