East of Inverness along the Moray Firth stretches a long coastline of cliff-top walks, fine beaches, attractive old towns and many historic sites and castles. Our visitor guide to The Moray Firth includes info on dolphin spotting.
The Moray Firth is perhaps best known for its large resident population of bottlenose dolphins, the largest dolphins in the world. Over 100 of these beautiful and intelligent mammals live in the estuary, the most northerly breeding ground in Europe, and there's a very good chance of seeing them, particularly between June and August.
The Moray Firth dolphins have become a major tourist attraction and several companies run dolphin-spotting boat trips. You can also see them from the shore. Two of the best places are Chanonry Point, on the southern shore of the Black Isle, and Fort George, on the opposite shore. The Kessock Bridge, which crosses the Moray Firth to the Black Isle, is another good dolphin-spotting location and also has a visitor centre, where you can listen in to their underwater conversations.
Local Sights & Activities for Moray Firth
Dolphins, whales and seals are amongst a lot of wildlife to be seen around here.