Chanonry Point, Fortrose

#1 of 19 in Parks in Ross and Cromarty
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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  • A lovely location. Parking is very limited. We parked (for free) on Rosemarkie beach front and, on another day, in Fortrose which gave us about a 30 minute walk to the point itself. Recommend taking p...  more »
  • Chanonry Point has some great views and in my opinion is best appreciated by walking out to it from Fortrose. The road runs through the golf course so watch out for stray golf balls - I almost had my ...  more »
  • We have 2 x visited Chanroy point. The first time at judging from water, when we have not seen anything except seals. The 2nd time we were there when the water was just starting and we had more luck. They swam very close to the coast. Particular to by so close. Be on time to a parking place at the lighthouse. Unfortunately no public toilets.
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  • Amazing place, a must visit. We went 4 times and saw dolphins within a stone's throw distance every time. Nice friendly ice cream van as well. Free parking
  • 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.
  • Nice place to walk and if you are lucky see the dolphins. We were unlucky but son enjoyed throwing stones in the water. Beautiful scenery.
  • Great place to spot dolphins. We saw them. Worth a visit when you are near Inverness.
  • Nice views. Worth a visit but sadly no dolphins!

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