The Moray Firth has nearly 200 resident Bottlenose Dolphins! They are bigger than your average bottlenose dolphin as they have thicker blubber due to being so far north,
Dolphin spotting is one of the great free things to do in Moray. 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 from the visitor centre. Just head through the village to the point and look for the white building.
The Whale & Dolphin Conversation Society (WDC) visitor centre at Spey Bay near Fochabers is situated at the mouth of the River Spey. It has regular visits from dolphins as well as being a great place to see other wildlife including osprey and otters. It’s also free!
Moray Dolphins and Whales
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. If you are keen to see dolphins on your visit you will probably need to spend quite some time looking for them and even then, there are no guarantees.