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Burghead Dolphins

One of the best places in Moray to spot dolphins is Burghead. The best vantage point is from the cliffs where the Burghead visitor centre is situated. There’s also a fantastic new viewing gallery within the visitor centre with binoculars available for use. There are regular sightings of the Moray Firth Dolphins, occasionally coming in close to feed but normally they can be spotted further out. The high vantage point means you can see for miles

with fantastic views over the sea (on a clear day you can see 40 miles or more). It’s well worth taking binoculars with you. The viewing distance means it's a favourite spot for whale watchers although sightings are much rarer than dolphins. Seals are a common sight in the harbour.

If you don't see dolphins you are likely to see lots of birdlife including sandmartins, cormorants, shags, fulmar and herring gulls


You'll be standing on the old Pictish Fort in Burghead and some time spent in the visitor centre (below the viewing area) will be well rewarded as Burghead has a long history and you can learn about the Clavie. Admission is free but donations are welcome. The centre has recently been enhanced with a viewing gallery and toilet facilities. Burghead itself has a lovely harbour and still has a small fleet of fishing boats. From the harbour there are walks along Burghead Bay, which has a lovely sweeping beach towards Roseisle and Findhorn.

Hopeman Nairn

You might also be interested in:

Hopeman a few miles to the east of Burghead, complete with beach huts!
All dolphin spotting locations
Our Dolphin Guide
Boat Trips on the Moray Firth

burgead viewing point

Viewing area on top of Burghead Visitor Centre

Chanonry Point

Kessock Bridge

Fort George




Spey Bay

Troup Head

Burghead Map Shop