Moray | Town |

[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 1800s. 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"]

Location & info

📌 Buckie
Moray, G.R.: NJ 426656 ///meant.lifeboats.unfit

🚶 The town centre and harbour are a short walk apart. Buckie's suburbs spread widely, but there's some reasonably attractive coastal scenery beyond them.
🚌 Buckie has bus connections from Aberdeen, Elgin and towns in between.

See & do (<1 mi away)

📌 Gemini Explorer ★★★
💬 Interesting dolphin and marine boat trip, exploring the Moray coastline with good views of its cliffs and rocky scenery.
Trips depart Buckie harbour, 10-min walk northeast of the town centre, G.R.: NJ 430659 ///squirted.dent.noted
Trips can depart daily depending on tides / weather - enquire directly for times | £25 adult / £18 child for 2.5 hour trip

Nearby (1-5 mi away)

📌 Arthur's Point ★★★
💬 Good seal-spotting location, with large numbers often hauled onto the rocks off the low headland here.
Off the A990 1 mi west of Buckie, G.R.: NJ 406652 ///occupations.underway.third
Always open | Free

>> Walk: Fishy Findochty - on the dolphin trail ★★★ (1 mi →)
>> Findochty ★★★ (3 mi →)
>> Walk: Whale of a time at Bow Fiddle Rock ★★★ (4 mi →)

📌 Scottish Dolphin Centre ★★★
💬 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.
At the B9104 road end, Spey Bay, G.R.: NJ 349654 ///swan.strapped.doubt
Open daily, April to October; Thursday to Monday, mid February to March & November to mid December (2019) | Free

[Findochty seen from the "Gemini Explorer"]


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