Chanonry Point Tours
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Ever wanted to see bottlenose dolphins feed and play in the wild? Chanonry Point is just the spot. A narrow peninsula in Scotland’s Moray Firth, dolphins can be spotted here throughout the year. In summer though, you’ll often see dolphins come right up to the shore as they chase the salmon that come and go in the rivers Ness and Beauly.
The best spot for dolphin spotting at Chanonry Point is on the pebble beach behind the lighthouse, or at the path near the car park entrance. Try to come around incoming tide, which is an hour or two after low tide. Why? This is when the dolphins love to fish and play in the strong currents. While you’re here, keep a look out for porpoises and grey seals too. And between May and October, you may even see Minke whales.
You can also take boat trips out on the water from Cromarty and Avoch, just along the coast. In nearby North Kessock, between June and September, the Dolphin and Seal Centre is another great place to look out for dolphins.
The dolphin center is open seven days a week from June to September, with regular buses to North Kessock from Inverness. To get to Chanonry Point by public transport, take a bus from Inverness to Fortrose. This journey will take about half an hour. From the post office bus stop, it’s just a 2.7-km walk or a six-minute taxi ride.
Address: Chanonry Ness, Fortrose, Scotland
2 Tours and Activities to Experience Chanonry Point
You will enjoy a relaxing few hours while you travel around the Black isle in comfort. Your Guide, Johnny will thrill you with stories of old while he takes you to visit some amazing historical sites, like the Old Priory (Which dates back to the13th century) in the beautiful village of Beauly. You will also see and hear the history and culture behind The Black Isle's villages and towns. You will even get to decide which version of just why this piece of land has become known as the Black Isle... intrigued? Book this tour and find out :)
Price varies by group size
Price varies by group size
Celebrate Scotland’s gems with a full-day Highlands and whisky tour from Inverness. Visit the hilly Black Isle peninsula, speckled with prosperous farms, the ancient village of Cromarty and Chanonry Point to watch playful bottlenose dolphins. Honor the historic whisky-producing region with a stop at Glen Ord Distillery for a tour and sample. Cap your day at Loch Ness for a chance to spot the elusive monster, Nessie.
Taking safety measures
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Frequently Asked Questions
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What's the best way to experience Chanonry Point?
The best ways to experience Chanonry Point are:
- Legendary Tour of the Black Isle from Inverness or Invergordon
- Scottish Highlands from Inverness: Black Isle, Loch Ness, Outlander and Whisky
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