Head towards Inverness then take the A9 across to the Black Isle. Follow B9161 then A832 to Chanonry Point, the most popular place to watch dolphins in the Moray Firth. The viewing platform provides fantastic views of Fort George as well as dolphins playing and hunting in the water.
Head back towards Inverness then take the B9093 towards Ardersier. Stop for a bite to eat at The Cheese Pantry in Connage, where you can watch cheese being made. Once you have sampled the sample award-winning artisan cheese made at the dairy, continue on the B9093 to Fort George.
Built after the Battle of Culloden as a secure base for the English Army, Fort George is one of Europe’s most impressive fortifications. You can do more dolphin-spotting as you walk Fort George’s ramparts, then marvel at the magnificent weapons collection in the Grand Magazine, discover the historic barrack rooms and look out for the Pet Cemetery where regimental mascots are laid to rest.
Once you have explored the Georgian garrison, head back to Nairn in time for your pre-booked trip with Phoenix Sea Adventures for an up-close and personal view of the dolphins. Your trip will take you back towards Chanonry Point, so you can get close to the dolphins as they play, giving you the wildlife photograph opportunity of a lifetime. Look-out too for porpoises, seals, cormorants, guillemots and other seabirds. The friendly staff at Phoenix Sea Adventures will advise on the best times for your trip, based on tides and dolphin sightings at that time of year, so you may need to juggle the day’s itinerary to suit. After disembarking at the harbour, treat the kids to a well-deserved ice cream at Basil and yourself to a pre-dinner drink at Sun Dancer.