There are many reasons to visit the wonderful city of Inverness, from our outstanding beaches to striking Highland scenery. Somewhat less well-known, perhaps, is the fact that we can also claim to be one of the best places in the UK to spot dolphins in their natural habitat. From dedicated sea life centres, to unique viewpoints on our long coastline, there are plenty of exciting opportunities to discover these fabulous animals for yourself.
Chanonry Point, Cromary
Chanonry Point is a short spit of land that extends into the sea at Moray Firth, and from this location you have a high-probability of catching sight of bottlenose dolphins at play. While there are family pods living here all year round, your best chance of seeing them gets higher in summertime, when their food supplies are more plentiful closer to land. While you’re here, you might spot some grey seals and porpoises too, and we love the idea of taking a picnic for a relaxing afternoon lunch while you wait to spot the tell-tale leap of the pod leaders as they head to and from the open sea.
Dolphin Watching in Inverness by Boat
While land-based watching is possible on the coastlines around Inverness, the only way to get a really good close-up of these fascinating animals is by booking dolphin-watching trips in Inverness by local boat. There are several experienced and licensed operators based in the city, and they make a perfect excuse for booking a short break in Scotland. There’s nothing quite like the excitement of a fast rib ride out to sea to catch up with these swift animals, except perhaps a gentle cruise that takes in the scenery as well.
Combine Culture with Wildlife
Fort George, a historic garrison that still operates as a military establishment today, might seem like an unlikely place to do a bit of dolphin watching but its seaside vantage point actually makes it ideal. The British Army still operate a base in Fort George, but a large proportion of the fortified site has been transformed into a fascinating museum. One part of the ancient stronghold offering public access is its ramparts, and what a vantage point they offer for looking across the Moray Firth towards Chanonry Point.
Dolphin watching in Inverness is undoubtedly one of the most unusual reasons for taking a short break in Scotland but arguably one of the most exciting. Whether you’re planning on visiting for business or pleasure, or you’re heading north to enjoy child-friendly holidays in Inverness, this is one activity you really should make time for. Why not have a look at our great choice of accommodation here at the family-friendly Kingsmills Hotel and get ready to visit this summer when schools break up for the year.