Chanonry Point, Fortrose

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. To find out how to plan a trip to Fortrose, use our trip itinerary maker.
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  • This is a great place to see dolphins from the beach. We have been many times, sometimes unfortunately you don't get to see them but it is still a tranquil place, a great beach to stroll along and vie...  more »
  • We came by here on the off chance of spotting some dolphins. Alas there were none to be seen on this occasion so we went for a walk along the sand and picked up some shells, sea glass and stuff. There...  more »
  • Pick a lovely day and you'll have a beautiful stop here. Pick a miserable day and with the views of Fort George and the close proximity of the lighthouse you'll have fun emersed in the coastal drama. ...  more »
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  • Very nice area with nice wooden seating and good info boards. Fantastic view point, nice to see the seals and sometimes dolphins. Nice parking area with bins for litter. Nice town nearby.
  • Dolphins! Actual dolphins! For free! Right deep breath, so dolphins come right to the shore about an hour after low tide (check the times...). Make sure you arrive long before that as the car park fills up very quickly and it's a 25 minute walk from the nearest alternative parking. Very picturesque walk however.
  • A great place (probably the best in the UK) to catch a sight of bottlenose dolphins. You need to get the correct time of year and make sure of the tides.
  • Chanonry. The perfect place to visit and photograph the Moray Firth Dolphins or just relax and take in the wonderful scenery or sunrise / sunsets. Can highly recommend this as a place to visit. Only downside is car parking, most days it is very busy with no parking spaces left "so long wait to get one", if not in a hurry best practice is to up in Fortrose village and walk down. If Dolphin spotting the best time to see them is approximately 1 to 1.5 hours after low tide.
  • Excellent spot to view dolphins and seals. P atience is required as a long wait for the dolphins to arrive may be in order. I was told that the best time to visit is about two hours after low tide up to an hour before high tide.

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