Ireland may well not be the country that leaps to the forefront of your head when you think of land-based dolphin tours, but in the last 20 to 30 years the quantity of dolphins and whales in the waters off of the coast of Scotland has grown as the rate of fishing has lowered. As a result, now you can plan your holiday to Scotland with the desires of seeing some thrilling marine life off the beautiful shores. If you are really keen to see Scotland’s cetaceans on your holiday, then visit the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust’s site before you travel, and signal in to their online ‘sightings’ page and discover exactly where Scotland’s dolphins and whales are stalking. zanzibar dolphin tour
Shetland Islands – Accounting for over 16 percent of Scotland’s coastline, the Shetland Islands offer lots of locations from which to watch for dolphins and whales. From various points on shore, you could be able to see minke whales, bottlenose dolphins, and harbour porpoises. In the months of June, September, and August, if you get lucky, you can see orcas, long-finned start whales, and white beaked dolphins too. Arriving at the Shetland Islands requires taking a ferry or a plane, and if you take those ferry, you may just get your dolphin tours off to the early start!
Hebrides – Only off the west shoreline of Scotland are two groups of islands known as the Inner and Outer Hebrides, often associated with whale and dolphin tours. This famously beautiful set of islands not only offers great seaside walks liberally sprinkled with an array of top quality B&Bs, but also the possibility to spot the multiplicity of marine creatures right from the shores. Minke whales, porpoises and orcas can be spotted off of the coasts from April to October. The waters about the Isle of Mull, the 2nd major island in the lining Hebrides, is especially well known if you are a playground for these fun-loving creatures.
Moray Firth – On the upper east coast of Scotland, the Moray Firth comes down from the North Marine and leads into Inverness and Loch Ness – the site of a specific ‘monster’ fame. Nevertheless this place is also a key location for sighting Scotland’s playful bottlenose dolphins. Chanonry Point is one of the excellent locations to commence or end your dolphin travels, but it will surely also allow you to see seals and maybe even an orca whale from the reassuring quietness of solid ground. Yet if the weather just isn’t ideal, or if you head to the Moray Firth in the ‘off season’, you can always drive down to the WDCS Dolphin And Close up Centre, which lies on the coast just north west of Inverness, and be certain to find some of Scotland’s native elephant seals.
Paul Stanbury is the Operations Manager for Naturetrek, a local travel firm specialising in expert-led natural history and dolphin trips worldwide. Naturetrek bring over twenty-five years of experience to their dolphin watching excursions in some of the extremely impressive regions on Earth.