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Chanonry Point near Inverness has become synonymous with watching dolphins. The dolphins can be seen all along Moray Firth coast however they feed regularly in the area around Chanonry Point. The channel narrows, concentrating the fish and dolphins can be spotted feeding and playing. It’s possible to see them only a few metres from the beach.
The best time to watch dolphins at Chanonry Point is from 1 hour after low tide. From the car park, there are views over the Moray Firth but it’s often best to watch them from beyond the lighthouse. You can walk around the lighthouse along a short path or along the beach if the tide is not too high.
Chanonry Point is on the Black Isle in Cromarty, about 15 miles from Inverness. Head for Fortrose and take the road through the golf course to the small but probably busy car park (no toilet facilities). There’s occasionally an ice cream van or stock up on refreshments in Fortrose itself.
We have also produced a specific dolphin website which shows some of the best places to see the Moray Dolphins all along the Moray Firth including a dolphin spotting location map.
If you like this video, see a longer film here of the dolphins at Chanonry Point.
If you are visiting Inverness There are 2 wildlife/dolphin spotting boats departing from Inverness Marina. Dolpin Discovery and Phoenix Dolphin Cruises.