A lot of our customers mention that dolphin viewing is one of their main pursuits whilst on their Motorhome Escape. It’s something we enjoy ourselves! And so we thought we’d put together a quick guide to dolphin and whale watching across Scotland, along with a few bonus sidetrips!
Dolphin Viewing on the Moray Firth
The Moray Firth can be found on the North East coast of Scotland, and is famous for its dolphins and whales! The most common species to spot here are the Bottlenose Dolphin and Harbour Porpoise, frolicking around in the bay. Chanonry Point is a popular viewing spot for this area, stretching right out into the waters, and it is only 5 minutes away from Fortrose and a Camping and Caravanning Club site at Rosemarkie. Check out WalkHighlands for some dolphin spotting tips! Something you may find surprising is that dull days are best for dolphin viewing, as there won’t be any glare on the water to distract you!
Nearby Rosemarkie Club Campsite, on Rosemarkie Bay
There is also a campsite nearby on the shore at Rosemarkie, a short 5 minute drive from Chanonry Point and Fortrose. Rosemarkie Club Campsite sits on the edge of a bay, surrounded by woodlands, and is just a short walk to Chanonry lighthouse – perfect for impromptu dolphin viewing.
With Fortrose and Inverness nearby, you won’t be short of restaurant options. The two towns also have some unique shops, and a Victorian market, so you can try some local produce! 53 customer reviews (at time of writing this) on the Camping and Caravanning Club website rated this spot at 4.5/5, so it’s well worth a visit.
Fort George, across the bay
Whilst in the area, be sure to visit the famous fortification of Fort George, which can be seen just across the water from Rosemarkie Club Campsite. Situated behind massive artillery defences, Fort George is still an operational army barracks to this day. There are shops and a visitor centre onsite.
Camping and Caravanning Club – Scotland Tour around the Moray Firth
The Camping and Caravanning Club have come up with a fantastic ‘Scotland Tour’ taking you from Speyside, to Nairn on the coast of the Moray Firth, and all the way up and round to Rosemarkie. The route takes in a blue flag beach popular for dolphin viewing, along with castles and forts, so there is something for everyone! Check out the detailed map.
Head west to Mull for boat trips
And if ocean adventures are your main interest, we would highly recommend the Isle of Mull, on the west coast of Scotland. Around 5 hours drive from Fortrose, the Explore Mull Visitor Information Centre is new this year, and can book your accommodation, boat trips and more! They are located on Main Street in Tobermory.
There are several boat trip operators based in Tobermory; Sea Life Surveys departs Tobermory daily on the quest for dolphin spotting! Check out the Explore Mull website for details on booking ahead, and all boat tours in the area.
Visit Fingal’s Cave on the Isle of Staffa
A day trip we would recommend is getting a ride out to the famous Isle of Staffa, on the west coast of the Isle of Mull, to see Fingal’s Cave; named after an epic poem by 18th century Scots poet, James Macpherson. For history fans, the hexagonal columns of the cave are similar to those of the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland, and legend has it that Fingal built the causeway as a bridge between Ireland and Scotland!
Whilst on the Isle of Mull, it’s also worth taking a trip down to Iona Abbey on the small island of Iona, just off the south west tip of Mull. It was founded in 563 by St. Columba, and is still a place of worship today.
If inland adventures are more your thing, why not check out our earlier blog post;