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Loch Ness rivals bury their differences

1 July 2010

The legal action between the two rival Loch Ness visitor centres in Drumnadrochit, Inverness-shire has been settled.

Yesterday it was reported (click here) that a hearing due to begin in Inverness Sheriff Court by the owners of the "Official" Loch Ness Exhibition Centre aganist the owners of the "Original" Loch Ness Monster Visitor Centre was adjourned for negotiations on a possible settlement. The pursuers claimed over £1.3m in lost profits allegedly caused by the defenders deliberately seeking to confuse the public by using similar business names, and similar colour schemes on promotional material, over more than 20 years.

When the case returned to court, Sheriff Ian Abercrombie was told that all matters had been resolved.

As part of the settlement the Exhibition Centre will in future be known as the Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition, while the Visitor Centre is to become the Nessieland Castle Monster Centre.

Other details of the agreement were not disclosed.

A spokes person for VisitScotland welcomed the news as Loch Ness "remains a key element of Scottish tourism and plays an important role in attracting domestic and international visitors".

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