1. Loch Ness Monster – Scotland
For centuries, the murky waters of Scotland’s Loch Ness have laid claim to one of the world’s most infamous mysteries—the Loch Ness Monster. First sighted in the Highland lake in 565 A.D., Nessie is most often described as a sea serpent or a plesiosaurs—a prehistoric swimming reptile. Faked photos and hoaxes abound, but Scotland’s monster continues to capture the imagination—and tourist dollars—of her hardcore fans. So how popular is Nessie? A 2006 survey ranked the Loch Ness Monster above actor Sir Sean Connery and poet Robert Burns as the country’s most famous Scot.