Chanonry Point

[Dolphin at Chanonry Point]

Jutting out from the Black Isle, rows of cameras line the shores of Chanonry Point almost throughout daylight hours. This is the best place in the UK - and one of the best in the world - to spot bottlenose dolphins and harbour porpoise from land. Once you've successfully jostled for a space, the odds are probably in your favour that you'll get lucky. If you can choose your arrival time, wait for an incoming tide - the headland acts as a funnel into the Moray Firth, bringing in fish with hungry dolphins in pursuit. Calm waters can also help distinguish dorsal fins from breaking waves.

[Leaping dolphins at Chanonry Point]

Name: Chanonry Point ★★★
Location: Minor road end a mile southeast of Fortrose, G.R.: NH 749557 / revolting sour creatures
Anything else? Small, free car park often gets busy - if so, Fortrose (with plenty more parking) is a pleasant 30-min seaside walk away.

[Sea-bound dolphins in front of Fort George, behind (September 2012)]

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