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Top 7 UK Dolphin Watching Hotspots

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Bottle-nosed Dolphin

You don't have to go out to sea to spot dolphins around our coast.  During the summertime dolphins swim closer to the shores of the UK and this can offer good opportunities to watch their playful antics as they leap in and out of the wobbly blue stuff.




Take a picnic, a good pair of binoculars with you to get the best view, and enjoy the free entertainment.

As with all wildlife watching there's no guarantee of a sighting, but here are a few locations where you have a good chance of a seeing dolphins from land:

  • Durlston Head - Dorset, England
  • Prawle Point - Devon, England
  • Porthgwarra - Cornwall, England
  • Cardigan Bay - Cardigan, Wales
  • Moray Firth - Inverness, Scotland
  • Loch Gairloch - Wester Ross, Scotland
  • Chanonry Point - Black Isle, Scotland

Dolphin breaching

The photo above was taken from the shore at Chanonry Point, near Rosemarkie in the Black Isle.  The best time to see the dolphins there is between two hours after low tide and 2 hours before high tide.



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