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Chanonry Point, Fortrose

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A good place for observing bottlenose dolphins, Chanonry Point serves as one of Scotland's major draws for ardent nature lovers. A narrow spit of land extending into a triangular inlet, this popular vantage point offers good photo opportunities throughout the year, though dolphin sightings increase during the warmer months. You can look for whales and dolphins any time of day, but the best light for serious photography happens in the late afternoon, when you can frame your shots away from the sun. Parking is limited, so consider walking here from the nearby town of Fortrose. Take a look at our Fortrose holiday planner to schedule your visit to Chanonry Point and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • After a lovely road that runs through a golf course, we are on a tip, the walk from a lighthouse. The view is superb. L iodine quickens. And... the dolphins have played off, leaping, swimming. Happiness for the eyes.
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  • Visited at about 10am, waited for 10 minutes and then watched a small pod of dolphins eating and playing for about an hour. Absolutely magical, well worth a visit!  more »
  • If, you time it right - one hour or so after high tide you can see the dolphins in the Moray Firth. Was the highlight of our week in Scotland  more »
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  • Watching the dolphins is magical! It's only a small hop between here and Denmark, for a whale that is. A large whale showed up a couple of years ago, photo was taken-not by me-published in local paper. National Geographic published it too without permission but the photographer took issue with them and won! Just shows what you can see here with lots of perseverance and a large dose of luck.
  • Been up loads of times to see the dolphins 2 hrs before low tide, on low tide assyst low tide etc but no sight. popped in in between tides & saw 2 dolphins before we even got out the car!
  • Amazing views from here whilst watching out for dolphins... We didn't see any but worth a try! Apparently you should go 1 hour before the tide comes in.
  • So peaceful and relaxing just watching wildlife
  • You certainly do see Dolphins here. They come up the Firth chasing the fish as the high tide approaches. Very windy but worth a visit. Some parking but I suspect on a good day (if there are any) there would be a squeeze on the parking.