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Moray Firth Dolphins

dolphins being photographed from chanonry point

Bottlenose dolphin chasing small fish
Bottlenose dolphin chasing small fish
Moray Firth Dolphin catching and playing with small fish
Fish supper extra large salmon
Fish supper extra large salmon
Sometimes you just bite off more than you can chew. Good sized salmon on the menu today
Dolphin boat dog on look out
Dolphin boat dog on look out
Loved this dog from Dolphin trips at Avoch, he always knew where the dolphins were going to appear next

Have you ever seen a dolphin in the wild? The Moray Firth in Scotland is home to a population of around 192 bottlenose dolphins, including the WDCS adoption dolphins. It also plays host to an abundance of other wildlife including: seabirds, otters, ospreys, seals, harbour porpoises, basking sharks, minke whales and common dolphins.  Find out more about where to watch in the Moray Firth. Great places to watch for dolphins are from the ramparts of Fort George or Chanonry Point, between these two points the Moray Firth narrows so you get close to the dolphin action.

 

Scottish Dolphin Centre, Spey Bay
The Scottish Dolphin Centre is based on the southern shore of the Moray Firth in Scotland. It is the perfect place to find about the amazing wildlife of this area, including the world famous bottlenose dolphins. 

Based at the mouth of the River Spey on the southern side of the Moray Firth on the east coast of Scotland, our centre is about an hour’s drive from Inverness. Set on a 450 hectare nature reserve with exhibitions, café and shop, it’s a fantastic day out!  

The Centre is based in a wildlife haven that is home to ospreys, grey and harbour seals, otters, wildfowl and waders. Part of a 450 hectare nature reserve, it is a breathtaking and truly unique part of
Scotland. 

Attractions include:

•    Our Underwater World experience, in the biggest Ice House in Scotland
•    Extensive education and outreach programme for children and schools. 
•    Walking on the beautiful Scottish Wildlife Trust Reserve
•    Watching otters, ospreys, seals and other local wildlife 
•    Listening to live underwater sound from the sonobouy and exploring the acoustic exhibition

•    Café Wild; relax and unwind with delicious homemade cakes and a cup of tea
•    Gift shop with a fantastic selection of souvenirs.

•    Spot some of the biggest bottlenose dolphins in the world using our binoculars and telescopes
Telephone: 01343 820339

Dolphin Boat Trips

As the dolphins follow the tide to feed on fish you can often see them in the channel between Fort George and the popular viewing point at Chanonry Lighthouse on the Black Isle.  You can also take boat trips, please make sure that the boat operator is responsible and is approved as  Wildlife Safe Operator - one such company is http://www.dolphintripsavoch.co.uk/ based at Avoch harbour.

From Inverness - Dolphin Spirit, a purpose built boat for up to 75 passenders on two decks, with a heated inside cabin. park at Inverness Marina, cruise duration is 1hr 15 minutes with four sailings each day from April to the end of October, Well behaved dogs welcome. Visit www.dolphinspirit.co.uk, or call 07544 800620