There’s something magical about dolphins and the Moray Firth has over 100 resident Bottlenose Dolphins! The Moray Firth dolphins are the most Northerly resident population in the world and one of only two groups in Britain (the other group can be found in Cardigan Bay, Wales).
Watching dolphins is a favourite activity of visitors to the area. There are walks all along the Moray coast, often rising up over cliffs giving a good vantage point e.g. between Cullen & Buckie. There are also dolphin spotting hotspots. The point at Burghead between Findhorn and Lossiemouth gives great views. The Whale & Dolphin Conversation Society (WCDS) visitor centre at Spey Bay near Fochabers is situated at the mouth of the River Spey. It has regular vists from dolphins as well as being a great place to see other wildlife including Osprey and Otters. It’s also free!
In addition to dolphins (and porpoises), Minke Whales are often spotted over the summer months. The diversity of marine life in the Moray Firth has meant that extensive research has been carried out so in addition to dolphins, surveyors have spotted Killer Whales, Pilot Whales and Humpback Whales in the Moray Firth.
A combination of luck and patience is required in dolphin spotting but the chances of seeing them are good, unlike the elusive Loch Ness Monster!