Great Dolphin and Marine Life - Viewpoints
Troup Head Cliffs
Troup Head is well known as an RSPB sanctuary, being home to thousands of puffins, kittiwakes, razorbills and guillemots. It's also one of the best spots along the Banffshire coastline for dolphin watching.
Accessible only on foot, care should be taken as paths and trails, in a bid to keep the site as natural as possible, are not ‘improved’ as you might expect elsewhere. More information on Troup Head can be found at www.rspb.org.uk
Gamrie Bay, Pennan and Crovie
The cliffs along this section of coast are spectacular, towering over the picturesque fishing villages that nestle at their feet which provided, in years past, a haven for smugglers. The uninterrupted views out over the Moray Firth make these spots amongst the most popular for dolphin watching along the Banffshire Coast.
Just outside historic Banff is one of Scotland's finest links beaches. Enjoy the tranquil, golden sands, with views out over Banff and Macduff, as you look for the dolphins who are frequent visitors to the bay.
The inaccessibility of this castle was once its great strength. However, its ruined state today makes it a location to approach with care. The clear view of the sea from the cliffs around the castle which was so prized in centuries past when it came to sighting potential invaders, today makes it ideal for viewing more friendly dolphin visitors.
This sheltered harbour with its marina is a haven for leisure craft. However, that hasn’t put off the dolphins, who can often be seen showing an interest in the activities of local craft. Both the harbour and the outcrops offer fine vantage points for sealife watching.
High Ground Portsoy Harbour
Portsoy was once a key harbour for the importing of goods from the continent for the benefit of the local nobility. Today, from the high ground above The Salmon Bothy, it provides an excellent spot to view the dolphins that frequently come inshore.
Popular throughout the year with surfers, this sheltered former fishing port with its clusters of old fishermen’s houses, has a mixture of rocky and sandy shores. It is also popular with dolphins, which can often be seen swimming in and around the bay.
Railway Viaduct Cullen
Once a vital transport link along the northern coast, the closing of the railway line has left behind a terrific man-made vantage point to look out over Cullen's port of Seatown and a wide, dolphin-rich expanse of the Moray Firth.
Car Park at Macduff Marine Aquarium
The Macduff Marine Aquarium is one of the Banffshire Coast's top attractions. While you're guaranteed to see a rich selection of marine wildlife in the centre itself, the car park offers an excellent vantage point from which to observe dolphins in their natural environment.