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.
Planning to go dolphin spotting at Chanonry Point? Inverness Tide times for the whole of 2016 are available to download from our bookshop. As used by photographers and dolphin spotters on the Moray Firth. 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 12/5/16? …. Definitely be watching from 1219 but ideally arrive well before that.
Dolphin activity here is influenced by tidal conditions. 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 (2016) 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 car park.
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.