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Moray Firth

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.



Travel Directions to Moray Firth

The busy A96 runs parallel to the coast and the region is well served by public transport. Many attractions can be visited as day-trips from Inverness.


Local Sights & Activities for Moray Firth

Dolphins, whales and seals are amongst a lot of wildlife to be seen around here.

Nearby Distilleries

  • Glen Grant Distillery

    The distillery was owned by Chivas Brothers Ltd, best known for their Chivas Regal blended scotch whisky, the world's second-biggest single malt whisky brand.

Moray Firth Events

  • Gordon Castle Highland Games

    The 2016 Gordon Castle Highland Games and Country Fair will take place on 15th May. The first highland games of the season will feature an array of interesting events and family entertainment  including, air display, archery, country pursuits, clay pigeons, terrier racing, laser shooting, pipe and fiddle bands, falconry display, catering and bar, Highland dancing competition under cover and solo piping competition. 

  • Moray Walking Festival

    The Moray Walking Festival includes some of the most diverse and  the best walks in the five-day programme of activities.