The Best Places in Scotland for Dolphin Watching

Scotland is a place of nature and beauty. With stunning scenery and exquisite outdoors, it is no wonder that Scotland is one of the best locations for dolphin watching. The great seas and oceans surrounding Scotland, make it a haven for sea creatures. If you would like to get up and close with some of the cleverest and beautiful creatures under the sea, then this guide of the best places in Scotland for dolphin watching is for you.

Chanonry Point

This is one of the most popular and visited the area for dolphin watching.  Located between Fortrose and Rosemarkie on the Black Isle, the narrow peninsula provides amazing views across the Moray Firth to Fort George. This location is known as a dolphin watcher’s paradise, as sightings are regular.

In most cases, dolphin activity is influenced by tidal conditions. Although dolphin sightings at Chanonry Point are a regular occurrence, the best time to catch a sighting is usually on a rising tide. Around one hour after low tide, the tide turns pushing the fish away. With the fish on the move, the dolphins are not far behind. If you get to see dolphin then you will be incredibly close, and only a few meters away. The dolphins usually eat in the channel, providing you with an incredible view.

 Scottish Dolphin Centre, Spey Bay

With free admission, there is no reason why this amazing centre wouldn’t be an amazing location to see dolphins. Run by the Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC), a leading charity dedicated to the protection of whales and dolphins.  The charity has a protected area in Spey Bay where dolphins are located. You will be able to see dolphins up close and in the wild.

The Scottish Dolphin Centre and the Whale and Dolphin Conservation have some vital aims to help better the lives of dolphins all over the world. Here are some of their main goals;

  • Reduce the vast number of whales killed and the number of countries that continue whaling.
  • Reduce the high number of dolphins held in captivity by developing sanctuaries or release programs.
  • Increase the number of protected areas for whales and dolphins, in both national waters and on the high seas.

Aberdeen’s Harbour Entrance

This location in Aberdeen plays host to bottlenose dolphins. The dolphins are particularly prominent in the winter months and can be spotted for miles. You can see the dolphins dodging boats from Torry Battery, an old military fort that still overlooks the harbour entrance. The dolphins can be spotted throughout the whole harbour. If you move further along the coast of the Bay of Nigg, you will also be treated to spectacular views of the dolphins, as well as an unspoilt sea by the bustle of the harbour.

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Dolphin Watching

Scotland offers a variety of different places that you can see dolphins. Mostly run by charities or are just a hot spot for the mammal, the dolphins are free and in their natural habitat. Paying to see dolphins in captivity is not good for your pocket or the animal. Visit dolphins today in their natural habitat at any of these Scottish locations.