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“This is a lovely place along the coast”

WDC Scottish Dolphin Centre
Ranked #1 of 6 things to do in Fochabers
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: We are a visitor Centre based at the mouth of the river Spey where it meets the North Sea. Dolphins are regularly seen at the mouth of the river Spey, along with ospreys, seals, a huge variety of bird life and the occasional otter! Join us for land based dolphin watching, tours of Scotland's largest surviving icehouse, wildlife walks and family fun days. There is a lovely shop and cafe on site as well as an interactive exhibition area with details of all the latest sightings. The Centre is run by Whale and Dolphin Conservation, so come and have a fun day out and learn about whales and dolphins and support our charity work to protect these wonderful creatures!
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Greenville, South Carolina
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1,243 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 323 helpful votes
“This is a lovely place along the coast”
Reviewed August 5, 2013

My wife and I went to see the Dolphins and the Ice house. The Ice house was closed and we were 2 hours early for the tour. It is a wonderfully beautiful area off the beaten track. Plan to go and have strong binoculars so you can look for dolphin and birds. You can pack a picnic lunch or there is a small cafe there. We didn't see anything, but we weren't unhappy.

Visited August 2013
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Robert_J_Ward, Centre co-ordinator at WDC Scottish Dolphin Centre, responded to this review, August 14, 2013
Hi Richard,

The review is much appreciated, I am really pleased you enjoyed the beautiful area. I thought you may also appreciate a bit of info on our tours:

Tours of the icehouse generally run at 12:15pm and 3:15pm everyday of the season, but occasionally we do get big tour groups in who book in advance so we have to alter things.

During the summer we also have a Wildlife Wander at 1:15 on the reserve to discover the wonderful flora and fauna of Spey Bay (weather dependant - in poor weather and outside of the summer season we revert to an icehouse tour ).

We also do free binocular hire in the Centre to help visitors spot the dolphins and you can join our guides on the hour every hour for land-based dolphin watching

I hope this information helps and you enjoy many more visits to the Centre in the future,

All the best

Rob Ward
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Chicagoland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Free and Interesting”
Reviewed July 18, 2013

We went to the Dolphin Center on our first day in Scotland. We weren't sure what to expect, - but we were pleasantly surprised! You could borrow a pair of binoculars for free, tours were interesting, and we saw dolphins! The site is beautiful and we had fun walking around. The kids even took a dip in the water - just to say that they did. The cafe was nice too. Give it a try!

Visited June 2013
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Robert_J_Ward, Centre co-ordinator at WDC Scottish Dolphin Centre, responded to this review, July 29, 2013
Hi there,

Thanks so much for your review. I am very pleased that you had a great day and even took a dip in the Moray Firth!

Hope you come back and visit :-)

Cheers

Rob
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“Fantastic free day out for all the family!”
Reviewed July 4, 2013

First time here with my mum and my 2 children aged 3 and 4 and it was great fun! Can't wait to come back!

Visited July 2013
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Aberdeenshire
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“Perfect Sunday even without Dolphins!”
Reviewed June 18, 2013

Myself and my girlfriend headed upto the centre for 11am and spent around 4 hours in the magnificent centre. Free hire of binoculars is advisable which we used at the mouth of the Spey. We then headed in to the centre for home made scones and a warm drink before heading on the tour. Lunch was great and we spent the afternoon on rocks watching the salmon jump in the river. I can't talk highly of the place and the staff. What a perfect Sunday. We'll be back and hopefully the dolphins won't be as shy. P.S yes it's free but let's try and encourage donation and help build on the fabulous work done previously.

Visited June 2013
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Robert_J_Ward, Centre co-ordinator at WDC Scottish Dolphin Centre, responded to this review, June 20, 2013
What a lovely message! Thank you so much, I have passed it on to all the team as it's a real booster to get such good feedback :-)

We hope to see you again soon and fingers crossed the dolphins are more obliging next time.

Thanks

Rob
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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“A gem...dolphins are amazing creatures!”
Reviewed June 15, 2013

A gem...I took my friend from London for a breath of fresh air @Spey Bay. The Scottish Dolphin Centre is a gem - they were just doing the last sighting of the day at 5pm - cue the dolphins - absolute magic. We will certainly revisit (but not so close to closing time) and take binoculars and layers - can't wait!

Visited June 2013
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Robert_J_Ward, Centre co-ordinator at WDC Scottish Dolphin Centre, responded to this review, June 20, 2013
Thanks for the review! Sounds like you had perfect dolphin timing :-)

Hope to see you again soon

Rob
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