There have been numerous and frequent sightings recently of dolphins in the Moray Firth- primarily just off Chanonry Point, on the Black Isle (20 minutes drive from Inverness). Chanonry Point is believed to be the best location in the UK for regular sightings of bottlenose dolphins, which can often be seen just a few metres from the shore. There’s some debate as to when the best time to spot the dolphins is, but the majority consensus is on an incoming tide, particularly the hour or so before high tide. As the incoming tide is forced between the heads it brings with it a rich supply of food, attracting the dolphins to the waters at Chanonry Point. Directly across the water from Chanonry Point is Fort George - visitors to those magnificent fortifications often have the added bonus of being entertained by the dolphins. Check the tide table for high tides at Cromarty.
Ecoventures offer high quality dolphin spotting trips in the Moray Firth area, including Chanonry Point. Operating out of Cromarty, the trips are made in a RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat), and are approximately 2 hours long. They also offer up to date reports on recent dolphin sightings on their website.