Guide to Moray Speyside

Dolphin Watching Moray

A great dolphin viewpoint, Burghead Visitor Centre
A great dolphin viewpoint, Burghead Visitor Centre

The  Moray Firth has nearly 200 resident Bottlenose Dolphins! They are bigger than your average bottlenose dolphin as they have thicker blubber due to the colder waters 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 land based dolphin spotting hotspots. The point at Burghead between Findhorn and Lossiemouth is one of the best locations and gives great views from the visitor centre. Just head through the village to the point and look for the white visitor centre.

The Whale & Dolphin Conversation Society (WDC) dolphin 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 sometimes 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.

Dolphin and Sealife Boat Trips

As well as land based dolphin watching, there are Sealife Adventure Boat Trips offering guided boat tours. – hopefully you will see dolphins but there is no guarantee. You might see birdlife, seals and dolphins. The North 58 boats operate out of Findhorn and Lossiemouth and are very experienced in wildlife watching trips.

Although rare, there have been sightings of basking sharks and minke whales in the Moray Firth and even more rarely, orca (killer whales)

Map of Dolphin Spotting Locations in Moray

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