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“interesting, but pricey”

Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition
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Loch Ness Cruise Including Urquhart Castle and Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition
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Owner description: This is a 5 star visitor attraction and retail complex. Loch Ness is already the most famous lake in the world but our aim is to make it better understood. This is achieved through a fully audio visually guided 35 minute tour. The presentation is theatrical in style and integrates the real tools and archive footage from four decades of research. As part of our educational remit, under 6s go free. The facts are objectively explained and whilst keeping the mystery centre stage, we place it in the context of the loch's very unusual properties. Thus we are endorsed by Scottish Natural Heritage as "A portal to the unique natural phenomenon that is Loch Ness". We offer a huge range of retail onsite and boat cruises on Loch Ness in the summer months. There is also a large cafe and restaurant attached to the site.
Reviewed October 21, 2012

Some of the information was interesting about how the legend of Nessie started, but would have liked to go straight to the shop.

Thank Samantha L
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ExhibitionDesigner, Designer at Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition, responded to this reviewResponded October 24, 2012

So you found us interesting but would have preferred to go straight to the shop. If you are not interested in being interested then by all means go straight to the shops. If you are interested in Loch Ness, go to the exhibition… then go to the shops!

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Reviewed October 16, 2012

Well, we came all the way from the other side of the world to see the loch ness and after reading the pamphlet about it, we thought we were in for something interesting and worthwhile. We weren't.

They seem to claim that they are 'objective' and simply provide facts and let the visitor be 'the judge and the jury' (whatever that means.) This however, is simply not true.

Turns out the exhibition was basically a series of dark corridors with a sometimes awkwardly placed projector screen in each room where you sit on what you hope are chairs and watch some pretty dreary clips about the illusions and trout and sonar and other things equally as interesting to the casual tourist.

After having a very nice lunch at the cafe next door, then proceeding to pay the very nice lady at the exhibition the same amount of money to get in, we were ushered into the first part of the exhibition. We were straight away bombarded with all sorts of information about how the loch was formed 700 billion years ago etc, which is fine if you are an evolutionist, but disappointing if you are not. So much for being objective.

The exhibition claims to 'keep the mystery centre stage' but fails miserably to do this. The entire exhibition was basically focused on disproving any likelihood that the loch ness monster might exist, occasionally getting side tracked about all the very interesting mud sitting at the bottom of the loch. I guess they feel that they are keeping it centre stage by ending a few of the little video clips with a vague suggestion that they might be wrong.

Being an individual who thinks that the Loch Ness Monster is plausible, I was very disappointed by their position on the whole thing.

I have no idea how they won 'The Best Visitor Experience in the Highlands and Islands' and are able to put 5 stars on their title, but they really need to think about who their target audience is, science teachers or tourists? I'm sure I will have a rebuttal thesis written in response to this, but it's my opinion and it's just as valid as anybody else's. , My suggestion is to buy a documentary on the loch ness monster and watch it somewhere warm over some shortbread, I think most people would find that more satisfying!

4  Thank longaaronsilver
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ExhibitionDesigner, Designer at Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition, responded to this reviewResponded October 24, 2012

Your two stars are quite generous considering your creationist world view. People who comment upon us being ‘dark’ usually have similar underlying agendas. We do think that your opinion upon the intellectual abilities of our target audience are a little patronising. As you will see, information and objectivity are the main comments within the reviews. You say that your opinion is as valid as that of anyone else. We do say that everybody is entitled to their opinion. Whether that makes it valid or not is another matter. Remember, we are a Loch Ness exhibition, not a monster show.

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Reviewed October 15, 2012

Right next door to the Drumnodrochit Hotel, just a short drive from Urquhart Castle.
The Exhibition is a series of video /movie presentations in various themed rooms.
Whilst it was very informative, if you don't get to see it you wont be missing too much.
Try and get there soon after opening to avoid the tour coaches as they swamp the facility.
Overall probably a little expensive for a 30 minute movie presentation.

Thank popquiz
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ExhibitionDesigner, Designer at Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition, responded to this reviewResponded October 24, 2012

Thank you for noting that we are ‘very informative’. That’s what we are here for. You say that ‘if you don’t get to see it you won’t be missing too much’. Well, it’s the information you’ll miss, isn’t it.

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Reviewed October 12, 2012

The visitor centre is a great place, hard to tell from the outside of the building what awaits inside. The tour is very informative about how the loch was formed many millions of years ago, and of course all the theories about Nessie!! There are lasers and smoke and a great story to be told, worth a visit!!!

Thank Chris R
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Reviewed October 8, 2012

I really enjoyed my tour through the centre and exhibition. In each room you visit you learn a little history about Loch Ness and Nessie. The special effects are interesting especially the water effects on the floor. Don't miss this if you're in the Loch Ness area.

Thank Raymond V
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ExhibitionDesigner, Designer at Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition, responded to this reviewResponded October 24, 2012

Thank you for the five stars. Lots of people remark that we are better than they expect. That’s because of the general perception of the Loch Ness theme. People expect cynical promotion; we give them sceptical analysis. Mysteries lose little from a little objectivity.

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