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Olympic torch to travel across Loch Ness

June 9, 2012 - London

The Olympic torch will travel 8,000 mile carried by a total of 8,000 people during its 70-day journey to the opening ceremony in London on 27 July.

The flame will be transported by boat across Loch Ness as part of its journey from Glasgow to Inverness on day 22 of the relay.

The freshwater loch is famous for alleged sightings of the Loch Ness Monster, affectionately named "Nessie," the BBC reported.

Saturday's 169-mile route will include the banks of Loch Lomond, where the flame will be carried on to Luss Pier, and the Nevis Centre in Fort William.

After 92 torchbearers have carried the flame there will be a celebration.

Starting the day at the Glasgow Riverside Museum, the torch will visit The Tall Ship and be taken on board The Glenlee - one of only five Clyde-built ships still afloat in the world today and the only one of her kind in the UK.

The flame will then be carried through the village of Luss and onto the pier by Loch Lomond, which is the biggest freshwater lake in Great Britain.

In Fort William, the second largest settlement in the Scottish Highlands, the flame will visit the Nevis Centre, in close proximity to Ben Nevis - the highest mountain in the British Isles.

At about 14:30 BST the flame will travel across Loch Ness by boat from Fort Augustus to Drumnadrochit.

During the journey, the flame will pass Urquhart Castle and visit the Rockness Festival at Dores.

In all, the torch will pass through 17 communities: Glasgow, Bearsden, Clydebank, Dumbarton, Luss, Tarbet, Crianlarich, Tyndrum, Glencoe, North Ballachulish, Fort William, Spean Bridge, Fort Augustus, Invermoriston, Lewiston, Drumnadrochit and Inverness.

TV presenter Jennifer Falconer, also an ambassador and campaigner for Princes' Trust, will be among the torchbearers, along with John McNiven, the Weightlifting Scotland Vice Chairman and a weighlifting bronze medallist at the 1974 and 1970 Commonwealth Games.

The torch will reach the day's destination the Northern Meeting Park in Inverness about 18:50 BST, where the cauldron will be lit and entertainment will include performances from pop singer Emeli Sand‚ - who is set to run a leg of the relay earlier in the day - and dance act Twist and Pulse.


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