Film fantasies lead to fantastic vacations with the kids

Called endearing and touching a la “Babe” and “My Dog Skip,” “The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep” is set in Scotland during World War II, so kids get a history lesson along with an enchanting story about a boy and the sea creature of Celtic lore, the Loch Ness Monster.

Based on the children’s book by Dick King Smith, the film shares the adventures of a young boy who discovers an egg on the shore of a Scottish loch. The egg hatches and transforms into the legendary creature and the lad takes it to a larger, more fitting environment: the 24-mile long, 740-foot deep Loch Ness.

Experience the verdant Scottish countryside courtesy of Dooley Vacations’ Water Horse package. Available through February 2008 and starting at $1,239 per person, the package includes round-trip airfare, six-night bed-and-breakfast accommodation, a Historic Scotland pass (for entry to Urquhart Castle), automatic rental car and 3½-hour tour aboard Jacobite Cruises.

Pick up The Water Horse trail in Edinburgh, home to the 3D Loch Ness Experience tour narrated by a Nessie expert. Then, it’s on to Urquhart Castle above the rocky shores of Loch Ness’ deepest point (from which many have allegedly sighted the creature) and a cruise aboard a Nessie-watching vessel, equipped with radar, GPS and underwater cameras, just in case.

Nessie sightings in Britain’s largest freshwater lake go back to A.D. 565, and tourists visit in droves to catch a glimpse of the elusive Water Horse. Slip in a little geography by explaining to the kids that Loch Ness is large enough to dunk every human being on the face of the earth three times over, and deep enough to gulp a skyscraper such as New York’s Chrysler Building.

To book or learn more about the Water Horse package, go to or call (877) 331-9301.

For more information about vacationing in Scotland and discovering more about the famed Loch Ness, visit

[Daily Herald]

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