Chanonry Point

Viewing Point in Easter Ross & Black Isle

Chanonry Point
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The Moray Firth is home to around 200 bottlenose dolphins, the most northerly population in the world. Chanonry Point is famous as the one of best places in Europe for seeing these marine mammals. The best time to look for them is on a rising tide when the dolphins play and feed on the fish coming in on the strong currents. The dolphins here are also the biggest in the world and they can be seen in groups of up to around 25 or more.

Other wildlife, including harbour porpoises, seals and a variety of seabirds, can also regularly be spotted. A stone memorial marks the site where the Brahan Seer, a prophet of Highland legend, is said to have been burnt to death in a tar barrel in the 17th century. On the opposite side of the Firth you can see Fort George, a fine example of 18th century military engineering.

There is limited parking on the Point at the Lighthouse. Consider parking in either Fortrose or Rosemarkie and enjoying a lovely walk (30mins / 45mins respectively)
along the shore.

The Chanonry Point appears in our Complete Guide to Visiting Easter Ross & Black Isle!

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Visiting Chanonry Point

Duration: 20 minutes

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