Buckie

[Arthur's Point, Buckpool (note seals, centre right)]

Bypassed by the main roads in this part of Moray, Buckie grew to fame as a fishing town in the late 1800's. It still boasts a large harbour and fishing economy, but a more recent draw is the local marine life; the Moray Firth dolphins take centre stage but seals, harbour porpoises and various seabirds are all common sightings. The convenient coast road to the west (or coast path to Findochty to the east) makes access to all the wildlife-watching spots below straightforward, but you can boost your chances of spotting dolphins and porpoises by taking a worthwhile boat trip from Buckie harbour.

[A guano-stained Bow Fiddle Rock seen from the "Gemini Explorer"]

Name: Buckie ☆☆☆
Location: G.R.: NJ 426656 / meant lifeboats unfit

Name: Arthur's Point ★☆☆
Description: Good seal-spotting location, with large numbers often hauled onto the rocks off the low headland here.
Location: Off the A990 a mile west of Buckie, G.R.: NJ 406652 / occupations underway third

Name: Gemini Explorer ★☆☆
Description: Excellent dolphin and marine boat trip, exploring the Moray coastline with good views of its cliffs and rocky scenery.
Location: Departs Buckie harbour, G.R.: NJ 430659 / squirted dent noted
Open (2017): Daily, depending on tides - booking essential
Cost (2017): £25 (adults), £18 (children) for 2.5 hour trip

Name: Scottish Dolphin Centre ★☆☆
Description: Visitor centre with a wealth of information about the Moray Firth dolphins and other local wildlife, plus interesting tours of the ice house next door and other events throughout the year.
Location: End of the B9104 at Spey bay, G.R.: NJ 349654 / swan strapped doubt
Open (2017): Daily, April to October; weekends, March
Cost: Free

[Findochty seen from the "Gemini Explorer"]

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