The most popular place to see dolphins is probably a good indicator of the best place
to see them! That’s Chanonry Point between Fortrose and Rosemarkie on the Black Isle.
This narrow peninsula is an ideal location with views across the Moray Firth to Fort
George and with lots of fellow dolphin watchers you are unlikely to miss any sightings.
Dolphin activity here is influenced by tidal conditions.
Holmes Cottage is a holiday cottage in Fortrose and is within walking distance of
Planning to go dolphin spotting at Chanonry Point? Inverness Tide times for the whole
of 2015 are now available to download from our bookshop. This includes guidance notes
on calculating tide times for Chanonry Point in order to get the best times to go
dolphin watching at Chanonry Point and North Kessock for any particular day of the
year. Example: Visiting Chanonry Point on Thursday 22/10/15? …. Definitely be watching
from 1534 but ideally arrive well before that.
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. If you are lucky enough to see
dolphins, you'll often be incredibly close and only a matter of metres from them
as they feed in the channel. To make it easier for you to plan the best times to
go to spot dolphins, we now publish the Inverness Tide Times for the whole year (2015)
complete with guidance notes on how you can calculate optimal dolphin watching times
at Chanonry Point on any particular day.
The main viewing area is on shingle beach behind the lighthouse which can be accessed
by walking along the beach (tide permitting) or the path near the entrance to the
Directions to Chanonry Point
To find Chanonry Point, head through Fortrose on the Black Isle. Just after the police
station turn right and you’ll travel through Fortrose and Rosemarkie Golf Course.
You’ll arrive at small and often busy car park beside the old lighthouse.
There are no facilities at the car park but an ice cream van occasionally arrives.
Fortrose itself has places to eat and toilet facilities.