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A Magical Natural World Experience
Chanonry Point (Scotland)
Member Name: rosejay
Chanonry Point (Scotland)
Advantages: The dolphins! Beautiful scenery. Friendly crowd
Disadvantages: Very exposed. Few facilities nearby.
Chanonry Point on the Moray Firth is a unique spit of land from which you may be lucky enough to have a close encounter with a few members of the Firth's resident bottlenose dolphin population.
Chanonry Point is around a half hour drive from Inverness and is situated on the picturesque Black Isle between Fortrose and Rosemarkie. There is a regular bus from Inverness to Cromarty, stopping at both villages, if you are travelling by public transport.
From either village it is a short walk to the start of Chanonry Point, which juts out into the Firth. There is a pub and a couple of cafe's nearby serving good food as well as drinks- all friendly places and with some great views.
It is about a half hour walk to the end of Chanonry Point which is marked by a small lighthouse. It's a good idea to plan your trip so that you arrive here around 1 hour after high tide- the dolphins swim up the firth in pursuit of salmon. because of the unique location of the point, it is possible to see them at fairly close quarters, and generally there will be a few serious-looking spotters with heavy duty equipment even when the weather isn't great. This means that there will always be enough people there for there to be an eye on every point, so even if you're looking in the opposite direction when the dolphins arrive, you'll know about it!
I've seen dolphins here in groups of two or three every time I've visited, and it really is a magical experience. But be advised to wrap up warm, wear waterproof clothing and be prepared to wait. The spit is very exposed and there are no toilet facilities immediately present. However, there is limited parking nearby if you need to make a dash back up to the village. Campsites also dot the point and are fairly busy in the summer months, if you are interested in a longer visit.
Summary: An unforgettable experience, but go to the loo before you start walking and wrap up warm!
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