Dolphins, Whales and Where To Find Them
Dolphins and whales, seals and otters, sea eagles and sharks…the coast of Scotland is home to all!
Did you know that Scotland has a wealth of marine life living around its coastline? We thought we would share some of our favourite spots where all sorts of sea nature can be spotted. There is something truly fascinating about the sea and the creatures that live within it and the excitement that comes with seeing a dolphin leap out of the water or a whale come up for a puff of air is addictive. We LOVE it! People travel from all over to experience the wild, rugged coastline of Scotland and it is no surprise why. Why not visit some of these locations in 2018?
The coastline of this huge inlet of the North Sea is home to many sea creatures including harbour seals, harbour porpoises, white beaked dolphins, minke whales, pilot whales and killer whales. Experts have even estimated that there are around 130 bottlenose dolphins living in the Moray Firth which pulls visitors from all over to catch a glimpse of them jumping out of the water mere meters from the shore! This is the perfect place to come and watch for whales and dolphins while you breathe in the brisk Scottish air and take in the wonderful scenery surrounding. Come and read about ‘Dolphin Spirit’ and the tours you can take with them in Inverness!
Photo credit: Moray Speyside Tourism
Rubha Reidh Lighthouse
You will find this spectacular lighthouse standing at the entrance to Loch Ewe near Gairloch in the north west of Scotland. Built in 1912 it boasts amazing views across the Minch to the Isle of Skye, the Shiant Isles and the Outer Hebrides. From the lighthouse wall you can spot whales, dolphins, basking sharks, otters, seals, sea eagels and much more! The Lighthouse is in fact accommodation, but you can take a stroll their easily down a three mile track and spend a nice day there out in the fresh air.
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This is a magical place on the northernmost point of Scotland and is the best walk on the Isle of Skye for marine life and seabird watching! The walk to the point will suit many abilities and families spend hours here in the fresh air watching all the wildlife and listening to the sounds of the sea. Dolphins and whales have been spotted regularly from this rugged point and being a lovely spot for a picnic it is worth filling up the hamper and taking a thermos so you can make the most of your day counting those dolphins and seals!
Photo credit: Walkhighlands
Ardnamurchan point is described to be the most westerly point of the British mainland and boasts a 36-metre tall lighthouse which stands proudly over the coast observing its every move. Completely unspoilt this is one of the most remotely beautiful areas of the west, easily reached by a winding single track road from Salen on Loch Sunart. If you are familiar with ‘Sanna Bay’ you will be happy to hear that is close by, both locations offering up the chance to spot golden eagles, whales and dolphins, to name a few. Absolutely worth a visit in 2018!
Photo credit: ardnamurchan.com
Cromarty, a preserved 18th century historic town, is poised on the tip of the Black Isle at the mouth of the Cromarty Firth in the Highlands. As well as being a town providing a wealth of interesting attractions, unusual architecture and beautiful countryside the sandy beaches are by far the favourite spot for families looking to spend time out in the fresh air exploring. Bottlenose dolphins are a regular sighting and in 2015 a pod of Pilot whales were spotted off the shores of Cromarty, which was an exciting moment for all! This is a magical place.
Photo credit: cromartyrising.com
Between the members of the C&C team, all of these spots have been explored by us and we can vouch for them all that they are magical places to visit. Being able to experience the marine-life first hand is a wonderful thing, out in the wild, adventuring with your friends and family. We have lots of holiday homes in coastal locations all over Scotland so why not take a look at them here and see what takes your fancy.