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.
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 good 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.
Planning to go dolphin spotting at Chanonry Point? Tide times for the whole of 2015
are now available to download from our bookshop. Includes guidance notes on calculating
optimal dolphin watching times for Chanonry Point and North Kessock for any particular
day of the year.