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Watch Dolphins at Kessock Bridge

Just north of Inverness, over the Kessock Bridge lies the village of North Kessock. The shoreline offers excellent dolphin spotting opportunities over the Beauly Firth.  Dolphin sightings are frequent in this area as they often travel up the Beauly Firth after Chanonry Point. It’s also a much more peaceful than Chanonry Point and much easier to park!

Chanonry Point

There’s plenty of space for watching and you’ll find that even if there are no dolphins around there are great views of the Kessock Bridge and Inverness as well as views west along the Firth.

You’ll find a few seats next to the old ferry jetty, which makes a good viewing point. There are also places to eat and drink nearby and the Aurorabearealis Art and Craft Studio is well worth a visit.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Up the hill near the tourist information centre used to be the the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Centre (WDC) at North Kessock. However, this closed in 2015. The Scottish Dolphin Centre at Spey Bay remains open and is operated by WDC.

Inverness Dolphins

It’s also possible to watch dolphins from Inverness. One good spot is the area around Merkinch Local Nature Reserve car park. Here you’ll fairly close to the Kessock Bridge. Dolphins are often seen in this area as some can move upstream from Chanonry Point.

Are you planning to go dolphin spotting at North Kessock or on the shores of Inverness? Tide times for whole of 2018 are available to download from our bookshop. This includes guidance on calculating optimal dolphin watching times for any particular day of the year in the Kessock Bridge area and Chanonry Point..

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East of Inverness you’ll find another location Fort George.
All dolphin spotting locations
Tide times for the Kessock and Inverness area
The North Kessock Hotel has rooms overlooking North Kessock
Check hotel prices for North Kessock & Inverness hotel prices.

Fort George north kessock hotel.

North Kessock Hotel
is situated on the seafront, overlooking the Beauly Firth.

Chanonry Point

Kessock Bridge

Fort George




Spey Bay

Troup Head

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