The Moray Firth is home to the most northerly population of bottlenose dolphins in the world. Numbering around 200, you may be lucky to see one, two or even a whole pod!
There are many land-based dolphin spotting locations along the coast including Chanory Point, Spey Bay, Burghead, Hopeman and Nairn. The dolphins can be seen however, if you’re fortunate, anywhere along the Firth.
The Scottish Dolphin Centre at Spey Bay is a great place to start your dolphin search and has educational areas, a visitor center and cafe. Ospreys, seals and porpoises can be seen here and there’s also a good chance of spotting dolphins, as they love to hunt salmon at the river mouth. An incredible spot for nature, the walks around Spey Bay are very special.
You can also take a dolphin and wildlife watching boat trip during the summer months. Trips sail from a few places around the Moray Firth including Nairn and Findhorn.
Frequently showing up when least expected, if you are anywhere along the coast keep an eye on the water, as you never know when the dolphins will appear.
“Scotland is one of the best land-based dolphin watching hot spots in the world.”
Simon King OBE, BBC presenter and wildlife film maker
For further information…
The WDC Scottish Dolphin Center at Spey Bay
Guide to the dolphins and where to see them
Recent Sightings from The Seawatch Foundation
Search cottage and camping availability…
More around Parkmore…
Hear the colourful and proud massed pipe bands and the traditional flair of the Highland dancers at the various Highland Games held throughout the summer months. The highlight of the year on Deeside is the Braemar Gathering, a spectacle of colour and excitement. The highlight of summer in Dufftown is our own Highland Games, held […]
Speyside’s incredible natural larder is a food lover’s heaven. The range of produce from our country and coast means you can indulge in the very best of meat, game, fish, shellfish and delicious vegetables straight from the land. From the country we have Aberdeen Angus beef, pheasant, venison and haggis, and from the rivers, salmon […]
Also known as The Telford Bridge, this iconic structure was designed by the renowned Scottish civil engineer Thomas Telford. A stunning landmark in the area, Craigellachie Bridge attracts many visitors interested in its history and design. Built from 1812 to 1814 and spanning the River Spey at Craigellachie, it is known as one of the […]
Moray has a fascinating sea-faring history dating back to the 18th century. All along the Moray Coast you’ll find picturesque harbours and fishing villages which were built back when the boat building and fishing industries started, and as they grew throughout the years. Haddock, cod, plaice, mussels, lobsters and prawns are found in abundance in […]
Voted ‘One of the Top 20 places to visit in the World’ by National Geographic Traveller Magazine, the Cairngorms National Park is on your doorstep at Parkmore. The largest National Park in the UK incorporating the most beautiful and spectacular mountain scenery, the variety of landscape is a haven for wildlife including golden eagles, capercaillie, […]
The River Spey provides the ‘water of life’ for the world renowned Speyside malt whiskies which are made here. The soft, clear waters which flow from the mountains to form the Spey provide the unique elixir which make Speyside malts the most popular in the world. The Spey, the UK’s third largest river, has historically […]
The Moray Coast, with its stunning cliff scenery and breath-taking beaches, was ranked 11th on the list of the world’s most beautiful and unspoiled coastlines by The National Geographic Society’s Travel magazine. In its prestigious sustainable tourism and destination stewardship list, it was ranked ahead of the Antarctic Peninsula and the shores of Bermuda. The […]
With over 70 golf courses in the region and 15 on our doorstep, from championship links to inland gems, in Moray you are in golfing heaven. Scotland is the home of golf and Moray certainly holds up to that reputation. Enjoy playing at these nearby courses… Dufftown Golf Course Ballindalloch Golf Course Buckpool Golf Course […]
In this corner of Scotland you are never too far from a castle. A selection of 13 of the world’s most unique and striking castles can be found on Scotland’s Castle Trail. Discover secret passages and ghosts, and view a wealth of historic furnishings, paintings, arms and armour. In Moray alone you can enjoy – […]
The Keith Dufftown Railway aka ‘ The Whisky Line ‘ is a unique, historical heritage line running 11 miles between two of the most famous (and beautiful) whisky producing towns in Scotland; Keith and Dufftown. The Keith Dufftown Railway is located just 2km from Parkmore Cottages and Dufftown Campsite. The trip from Dufftown to Keith […]
Dufftown is situated amid breathtaking Scottish scenery in Scotland’s north east, approximately 212m above sea level and inland from the nearby Moray Firth coast. Dufftown produces more whisky than any other town in Scotland and, as such, proudly holds the unofficial title of the ‘ Malt Whisky Capital of Scotland ‘. Dufftown is home to […]
During the summer months the Moray Coast becomes a haven for watersports and beach lovers. Popular with sailors and surfers you’ll find a full range of watersports to enjoy, from paddleboarding, kayaking and windsurfing to dolphin watching and seal spotting. Lossiemouth, Hopeman, Findhorn, Roseisle and Cullen beaches are all nearby and a perfect day trip […]
Whichever direction you decide to take, cycling and biking are fantastic here in Moray. Through winding roads and forest trails, coastal paths or tackling hills, whatever your level, striking landscapes are absolutely guaranteed. With numerous routes starting from Parkmore and Dufftown, you don’t have to travel far to start pedaling. Cycling without a route in […]
Speyside is Scotland’s Whisky Country with Dufftown its proud capital. Look out for some of the greatest names in whisky – there are more than 50 distilleries around Dufftown, each with their own individual charm and unique taste. Discover the famous Malt Whisky Trail which takes in 8 world renowned distilleries and a cooperage, where […]
Around Parkmore and in the wider area you’ll find a wealth of walks, from easy, low-level strolls to more difficult mountain scrambles, whatever time of year. The Moray Coastal Trail is a series of trails covering the coast from Cullen to Forres, with wide sandy beaches, dramatic cliffs, stunning coastal formations and quaint fishing villages. […]
Spectacular coastal scenery, towering cliffs, water lapping on quiet sheltered bays, vast sandy beaches and spectacular sunsets await you along the Moray Coast. Stroll along a white sandy beach, paddle or swim in crystal clear waters, surf, windsurf, kitesurf or paddle board. From boat trips, cycling, sailing, golfing, dolphin and bird watching… the activities to […]
The River Spey is one of Scotland’s big four rivers and anglers come from all over the world to fish here, many to experience the home of the famous ‘Spey cast’. One of Scotland’s finest salmon rivers, the Spey draws anglers not only for fishing, but also for its picturesque scenery and its famous Malt […]
For skiing and snowboarding in Scotland, Parkmore is close to the 3 top Scottish ski resorts; The Cairngorms, The Lecht and Glenshee. The Lecht is the closest and only 27 miles away, The Cairngorms 41 miles away and Glenshee 65 miles away. If you’re planning to ski or snowboard while in Scotland, Parkmore is a […]