Once while cycling along the Great Glen in Scottish Highlands I stopped along the shores of Loch Oich. The only thing I can remember about that day was that it was raining and I was very wet, and that there wasn’t a great deal to look at apart from the rain.
But that was years ago and since then I have found that there is plenty more to Loch Oich than water falling from the sky. Loch Oich is a fresh water loch that forms part of the Caledonian Canal connected by the Laggan lochs to Loch Lochy; it has also played home to a mystery creature
The story goes that on 13th August 1936 Alderman A.J. Richards along with his son and a friend were boating at the Laggan end of Loch Oich when they saw something rather unusual appear out of the water. A weird looking black creature emerged, at first just two humps likened to the coils of a snake broke the surface just a few yards from the boat, the humps were soon followed by the creature’s head which was like that of dog. Alderman Richards stated that the humps were about three feet in both height and length and also three feet apart from each other with the head of the animal further on.
While they might not have been able to identify the creature the editor of the Northern Chronicle did have a rather clever idea and that was to see if the Fishery Board could arrange the dredging of the loch with their nets, sadly they never took up the suggestion.