Catching a View
From dolphins and seals to the birds and the bees, Scotland’s got it covered
Bottlenose dolphins are plentiful in the Moray Firth and the best land-bound spot to see them is the Black Isle. The Dolphin and Seal Visitor Centre consists of a hut with interactive displays and simulated dolphin noises, so stretch your legs and walk down to the seafront as well. Alternatively, continue northeast to Chanonry Point, another favourite dolphin-watching spot.
Dubbed the Iona of the East, wildlife lovers and history buffs alike will enjoy this 3-hour round-trip sailing to Inchcolm Island with Maid of the Forth. Lying over a mile off-shore, the 12th century monastic buildings of Inchcolm Abbey, a small visitor centre, gardens and delightful sandy beach all wait to be explored whilst the viewpoint provides a stunning panorama of Edinburgh and Fife. En route aboard the Inchcolm Ferry, tuck into snacks from the small bar whilst enjoying views of the Forth Bridges and watching out for wildlife including seals, dolphins and gannets.
Sometimes called one of the seven wildlife wonders of the world, the Bass Rock, a mile off shore in the Firth of Forth can be visited by boat from the Seabird Centre and observed through one of two live-cams which show the 100,000 gannets who nest on the cliffs spectacularly dive-bombing into the sea. The award-winning Centre has a total of five live-cams showing puffins, gannets and other birds in their natural habitats on islands in the Forth.