Miscellaneous

What time of year is best to see dolphins in Scotland?

What time of year is best to see dolphins in Scotland?

As some dolphins are residents around Scottish shores you can see them all-year-round however, as they prefer the calmer and sunnier sea conditions associated with spring and summer, the best time to see dolphins in Scotland is usually from May to September.

What dolphins are at Chanonry Point?

Sightings of the Moray Firth Dolphins are highest in the Chanonry Point area because it’s a favourite spot for dolphins to find food.

When can you see dolphins in Inverness?

Dolphins can be seen anytime but are often seen when they move upstream from Chanonry Point. Dolphin Spirit, one of the local dolphin spotting boats operates in this area.

Can you see dolphins at Lossiemouth?

There are also land based dolphin spotting hotspots. The point at Burghead between Findhorn and Lossiemouth is one of the best locations and gives great views from the visitor centre. Just head through the village to the point and look for the white visior centre.

Can you fish at Chanonry Point?

The fishing in the Moray Firth can be excellent if you are prepared to target flat fish and odd sea trout, Pollack, coalfish, small Codling etc, but channory point is not one of the better places, you will have to travel a little bit further a field. If you are going to retain Sea Trout you will need a permit.

What time of day are you most likely to see dolphins?

Dolphins are most active at the crack of dawn, between 10 am and noon, and from 2 pm till dusk. A great pair of telephoto lenses or binoculars can be invaluable tools to spot dolphins easily.

What’s the best time to see dolphins at Chanonry Point?

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Dolphins in Chanonry point appear around the rising tide time and the best time to see them is 1 hour after the low tide time. One can check the tide time for a given day on WillyWeather and time your visit to 1 hour afterward.

When should I watch dolphins at Chanonry Point?

Dolphins at Chanonry Point can be seen at anytime (and not at all!) but the best time to see them is usually on a rising tide. From around 1 hour after low tide, the tide turns and dolphins start to chase fish in.

Can you see dolphins at Fort George?

Fort George Dolphins​ Fort George is an excellent place to see the Moray Dolphins although you will need to pay an entrance fee to the fort. It’s situated approximately 1000 metres from Chanonry Point across the Moray Firth (although by land it is a 25 mile journey from Fort George to Chanonry Point).

Can you swim with dolphins in Scotland?

Alongside Chanonry Point, Spey Bay on the Eastern Scottish coast (and the seaside areas around Inverness) have become popular dolphin spotting locations. However, the West coast shouldn’t be disregarded.

What is the best time of year to see dolphins?

What time of day is best to see dolphins at Chanonry Point?

Dolphins at Chanonry Point can be seen at anytime (and not at all!) but the best time to see them is usually on a rising tide. From around 1 hour after low tide, the tide turns and dolphins start to chase fish in.

Why are there so many dolphins at Chanonry Point?

This is mainly because Chanonry Point sticks out into the Firth and that there is comparatively deep water close inshore. Local wisdom says the resident dolphins come here to fish on a rising tide – so, obviously, that’s the best time to see them.

Where can you see dolphins in Scotland?

Chanonry Point Dolphins Dolphins are visible in many parts of the seas surrounding Scotland but never can they be seen from such a short distance as on Chanonry Point on the Black Isle. To my knowledge this is the only place on mainland Scotland where you can observe them like this.

When is the best time of year to visit Chanonry Point?

So far summer proved to be the best time for me, that’s the only time I actually saw the Dolphins. Chanonry Point itself is very much worth a visit, even without the Dolphins. If you come from Invernesstake the A9 and cross the Kessock Bridge, then follow the signs for Black Isle and Fortrose.

Where are the Dolphins in the Moray?

Chanonry Point is a peninsula of land that extends between the villages of Fortrose and Rosemarkie. At the tip of the peninsula, there’s a very deep and narrow channel within the Moray Firth where the dolphins hunt Atlantic salmon on a rising tide, as the below video shows!