The peninsula of Chanonry Point, jutting out into the Moray Firth from the pretty Black Isle villages of Fortrose and Rosemarkie, offers some of the best opportunities for viewing Bottle Nose dolphins in the UK.
Featuring on many wildlife programmes of recent times, including Springwatch, it has become an extremely popular spot with visitors and professional wildlife photographers alike. Whilst this has done wonders to highlight the plight of the Bottle Nose and its dwindling numbers it has caused more than a few congestion and parking problems at the beach car park.
Dolphins can been seen at this location throughout the year but success is likely to be greater during Spring and Summer when food supplies are plentiful as Salmon are returning to the rivers feeding the Firth. As well as the dolphins you will often be treated to sightings of Grey Seal and, if you are really lucky, the European Otter has been spotted on the shores of Chanonry Point.
Whilst waiting for a sighting there are wonderful views to be enjoyed across the Firth to the magnificent fortress of Fort George, built after the great battle of Culloden and still serving as an important military base today. It is also possible to enjoy a boat trip from the harbours of Avoch or Cromarty to enhance your chances of a viewing.