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Chanonry Point

Chanonry Ness, Fortrose IV10 8SD, Scotland
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Ranked #1 of 5 Attractions in Fortrose
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Geologic Formations
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Penzance, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

Visit around an hour after low tide to have a good chance of seeing the dolphins (and seals) in action. Parking available but does get busy at times. Patience and a pair of wellies are essential - being able to stand in the water ensures a good view if there is a crowd. Enjoy a walk along Rosemarkie beach as... More

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North Wlales
13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

If you want to see the real thing without having to go out in a boat then this is it. However, you will need to compete with other people with the same wish. Parking can be stretched at times. I would suggest going very early morning or evening when the tide is high. Absolutely stunning.

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Top Contributor
164 reviews 164 reviews
129 attraction reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

A merchant in Inverness told us about Chanonry Point, the best place to watch Bottle nose dolphins in all of Scotland. Under his recommendation we went there an hour before high tide, We had to get the info about the high tides at the Tourism bureau in Inverness. There were a lot of people there, some professionals had their gear... More

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York, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
16 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

The weather was appalling, driving rain and wind, but as soon as we parked the car we saw what we had come to see - the dolphins! I was surprised how close to the shore they came at one point. The area itself is lovely and I can imagine sitting on the pebbly beach for ages on a warmer day.... More

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Reading, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

We were lucky enough to see the dolphins twice up close during our three day visit and every day at a distance. We also saw seals every day. The best time to see them is 2 hours after low tide, but we found our best encounters to be early morning each time.

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Kidderminster, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Went to see if we could catch a glimpse of the dolphins, but they were not to be seen today. Even so, the beach is really nice, dog friendly, outstanding views, good for scimming also. Nice stretch of beach when it's low tide, areas to sit with picnic benches and an ice cream van was there selling all sorts of... More

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Top Contributor
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5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Two afternoons: 1 with seals and lots of dolphins performing magnificently (enough to forget the cold); the second, 1 seal, 1 cormorant and a disappointed daughter. Just be aware that it might not happen and take warm clothes and drinks and cross fingers! I'm sure the dolphins were laughing at us from the other side of the firth!

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Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

We checked the tide times and advice about when best to see the dolphins at Chanonry Point and got there in plenty of time. Lots of people from all over the world were there and everyone was really friendly and chatty. Unfortunately, we didn't see any dolphins there despite waiting for almost 2 hours and scanning the tide with the... More

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Kirkcaldy, United Kingdom
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78 reviews 78 reviews
18 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Great experience seeing dolphins so close up. Great walk from lighthouse to rose markie beach cafe, highly recommend!!

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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

One of the best places to see Dolphins in their natural environment. They come very close to the shore and you can see them playing with the salmon and jumping right out of the water. The best time is shortly after low tide. Get there early as parking can be difficult.

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