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See Inverness from the water.

From the comfort of the biggest dolphin boat on the Moray Firth

See Inverness from the water aboard the Spirit, a fully accessible boat trip for all the family into the beautiful  Moray Firth. Learn about the history and folklore of the area while keeping an eye out for any marine life that might be passing.

Note: We don’t guarantee sightings of any animals on these trips.

This purpose-built passenger vessel offers all-round visibility and exceptional comfort for up to 70 passengers on two decks. Your journey starts at Inverness Marina, where it’s free to park your car.

Dolphin Spirit Inverness is a trading identity of Firth Attractions Ltd.

Bottlenose Dolphins

An Introduction

The dolphins in the Moray Firth are common bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus). They live in groups of between 10 and 30 individuals. These groups are called “pods.”

You can find bottlenose dolphins in various locations around the Moray Firth area. The animals you’re visiting when you sail with Dolphin Discovery Inverness are those who live in the waters of the Inner Moray Firth area. Between the Beauly Firth to the west and Chanonry Point to the east.

This is an area where the dolphins are particularly active. Or perhaps we just think that because their activity is so close to shore!

Speaking of luck, you should note that you’re not guaranteed to see any dolphins. Whilst we do our best to get you as close to the known activity as we can, they can sometimes be elusive. That said, there are plenty of species of wildlife in the Moray Firth, so even if you’re unlucky and don’t see any dolphins on your trip, there’s likely to be something else worthy of your attention!

Our Locations

An Introduction to The Moray Firth

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The stretch of the Moray Firth where we sail is surrounded by places of historical and modern interest. This is a must-visit location if you’re planning to visit the north of Scotland!

To the west, you’ll find the Beauly Firth and the town of Beauly, near the historical home of the Clan Fraser. To the east, there’s Chanonry Point with its iconic lighthouse and views over to Fort George. This is still a working military base, with a history that takes it back to the aftermath of the 1745 Jacobite Rebellion when it was built to prevent a repeat of the uprising. You can still visit the regimental museum and walk around the fort.

To the north, there’s the Black Isle and on the southern shores, you’ll find the city of Inverness, the local airport, and the championship standard golf course at Castle Stuart. In fact, when the Scottish Open tournaments were televised, the commentators were often moved to comment about the natural beauty of the area.

At Inverness, the firth is crossed by the imposing Kessock Bridge – a suspension bridge constructed in the 1980s. Of course, just a few miles away you’ll also find Loch Ness, but without wishing to dampen the enthusiasm of any Nessie hunters reading this, you stand a much better chance of spotting a dolphin in the Moray Firth…

The City Of Inverness

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The capital of the Highlands, Inverness is the ideal base for your trip to the north of Scotland. From here you can travel: North to John O’Groats; South to Aviemore and Speyside; west along the line of the Caledonian Canal to Loch Ness, Fort Augustus and beyond to Fort William or east to the golf courses of Castle Stuart (which hosts the Scottish Open regularly) or Nairn (which has hosted the Walker Cup). At Nairn, you’ll discover magnificent beaches on the way out to lovely places such as Findhorn or Cawdor Castle.

The city itself is a tourist hotspot in the summer and a hive of activity throughout the year. You’ll find hotels and guest houses to suit every taste and budget, from quaint country house hotels to smart city-center apartments.

There’s a wide range of restaurants to choose from too. This part of Scotland is where you’ll find some of the best beef, lamb, and seafood in the world, and of course, you can visit Speyside distilleries in one direction and Highland distilleries in the other. Decide for yourself if there really is a difference between the products of each distilling region!

There’s walking, boating, climbing, off-road driving, mountaineering, skiing, sailing, cycling, wildlife, music, culture, theatre, art, … the list goes on and on. So there’s no excuse for not visiting! And of course, if you visit between April and October, there’s no excuse for not taking to the water and searching for some dolphins!