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Sealife Watching Scotland

Moray Firth   

• See dolphins, porpoise and seals
• Use a hydrophone to listen to under water sounds
• Minke whales are occasionally sighted
• Experiences run April to October
Dolphin and Sealife Watching



What's Included

• The experience lasts approximately 2 hours
• On shore introduction
• Your trip departs from Cromarty
• Once out on the boat, you may see Bottlenose dolphins as well as the Harbour porpoise, Common and Grey Seals
• Minke whales are occasionally sighted during summer months
• Time will also be spent, if sea conditions allow, beside the bird colonies and cliffs
• If conditions are suitable you may use a hydrophone to listen to a variety of under water sounds
• Boats carry a maximum of 12 passengers with full commentary and interaction between crew and passengers
• The boat operators follow strict codes of conduct to ensure no disturbance is caused to marine wildlife you encounter

What Can I Expect

Splash out with a watery sea-life adventure when you go dolphin watching in Scotland! Take to the seas near Inverness with our dolphin cruises and discover the beauty of these sleek and graceful marine mammals. If the spectacular mountain scenery of the Scottish Highlands doesn't take your breath away, the sight of Bottlenose Dolphins swimming alongside the boat certainly will.

Your wave-skimming session begins at Cromarty, a town on the Black Isle located only a few miles from the regional capital of Inverness. From here, dolphin cruises depart regularly out into the Moray Firth, one of the hottest dolphin-watching locations in Scotland. Tours have been running here since 2004, so the team have a lot of experience in finding the best sites for spotting them!

For the duration of your cruise you'll be in the capable hands of skipper Sarah as she navigates the open waters of the firth at speeds of up to 25 knots - even the boat ride itself is an exhilarating experience as you go in search of the resident colony of dolphins enjoying life in these Scottish waters. A whole range of creatures make their home in the Moray Firth, so as well as watching out for the dolphins that inhabit the Inverness channel, you've also got a good chance of catching a glimpse of Harbour Porpoises, Common and Grey Seals, along with as a huge variety of sea birds who nest on the rugged coastlines.

If you're lucky and the weather holds, you might even be able to use a hydrophone to listen to the echoing underwater sounds that dolphins and other mammals make. In the summer months, Minke Whales have been known to pay a visit too, making this dolphin watching experience an all-round sea-life extravaganza off the coast of Scotland.

The centre is an accredited operator with the Dolphin Space Programme, a local voluntary code of conduct designed to safeguard the welfare and future of the cetaceans (marine mammals) in the Moray Firth. This means that all dolphin watching cruises run by the team are designed to avoid disturbing these marvellous creatures any more than necessary - though, as everyone knows, dolphins are incredibly friendly animals and need no encouragement to come and say hello!

If you're fascinated by these elegant mammals and would love the chance to see them thriving in their natural habitat, this Inverness dolphin cruise is the experience for you. And if you'd like to turn your wildlife spotting into a minibreak, why not combine dolphin watching in Scotland with an exploration of the Highlands? This fin-tastic region offers something for everyone, from animal lovers to whisky connoisseurs, and a visit here is sure to have you whistling for joy in no time at all.


• Experiences are available from April to early October
• AM and PM start times are usually available
• Trips are very popular in the summer, so please allow plenty of notice for booking
• If your trip is cancelled due to the weather, you will be re-booked for another suitable date
• Although you are fortunate to see a variety of wildlife on most trips, sightings cannot be guaranteed 100% as the animals encountered are entirely wild


• The boat departs from Cromarty Harbour, Scotland, approximately 30 minutes from Inverness

Suitable For

• There is a minimum age of 5 years
• Passengers should dress warmly and wear flat, rubber soled shoes
• Wet weather gear, life jackets, goggles and headbands are provided for your comfort
• A reasonable level of fitness is required as you will need to enter and exit the boat safely
• Passengers are asked to arrive 10 minutes before departure


• This activity is not suitable for spectators however, they are welcome to watch the departure and return of the boat
• There are great opportunities for photographing the marine life


Average Rating 4
Total Reviews 2
Recommend to Friend 2
about 6 years ago
Unfortunately did not see any dolphins on the boat trip but still excellent. It was a good experience being out on the boat and the staff were very friendly and helpful.
about 6 years ago
the experience was really good, the boat ride was exhilirating and the skipper was very friendly and knowledgeable. unfortunately we didn't sight any dolphins but you can't control nature. we were provided with all the necessary wet weather clothing, all in all a really good experience.
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Sealife Watching
Sealife Watching Scotland
Dolphin and Sealife Watching
Total Price£39.00
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