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Loch Ness Scene 2

The siblings continue to learn about Loch Ness and risk a trip on a boat over the loch. Will the monster eat their boat or will they survive until the next episode?

Do the Preparation task first. Then watch the video. Next go to Task and do the activity. If you need help, you can read the Transcript at any time. 


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.

Stephen: Sonar?

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?


Language level

Intermediate: B1


Please help me to understand the meaning of tour guide's talking "when he's said to have blessed the water here to rid the waters of a large creature that wa plaguing the local folk". Thanks a lot

Hello CloverHuynh,

Can you please tell us a bit more about what parts of this sentence you understand (or don't understand)? It's much easier for us to help you if you understand what is difficult for you.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Loch Ness Monster

Hello Kirk ,

Thank you for your answer . My confusing in this case was due to the fact , may be , that water was used both in singular and plural there .

Thanks again ,

Best regards ,

Hello Teachers !

Here when the Guide says ' Saint Columba ... when he's said to to have blessed the water here to rid the waters of a large creature ... ' , I'm sorry but I can't quite get what the waters' means .
If it means the water in the lake why the Guide doesn't use IT instead ? Or it means a spring water ? I'm really a bit confused :) Would you help me with it please ?

Thank you ,

Best regards ,

Hi iliya_b,

The guide is speaking quite naturally, and yes, 'waters' means all the water in the lake here. It's just another way of speaking about a body of water, and is actually quite typical. Saying just 'it' would be possible here, but 'waters' really communicates the idea of the whole lake better – I expect that's why he spoke this way.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

I don't know a famous monster in my country like Nessy we have our legends of course but don't remember something like this, I visit Loch Ness in summer but I have to say that in winter with the fog and all winter weather I believe that I see the monster and all its family ;)
For me, was courios that all castle or place in Scotland has his monster or ghost.

The video was interesiting but I don't believe to this legend.

Scotland has a very beautiful nature, and I think I'll add Scotland to the list that places, where I want to be. I like legends very much, sometimes I believe that they're true, and in this case, I think this legend has some pieces true.

This was an amazing video and I simply understood that besides being an interesting place, Loch Ness also has a great history