Bottlenose dolphin


Aberdeen is one of the best places in Europe to see bottlenose dolphins.

Where to see dolphins

Torry Battery is a fantastic spot to see dolphins all year round. With panoramic views of the harbour mouth and North Sea, you may also enjoy spectacular sightings of marine wildlife such as seabirds, seals, otters and whales.

The best place to look for dolphins is between the orange breakwater wall and the lighthouse during summer months, when the dolphins can sometimes be seen feeding.

Aberdeen harbour is the most reliable spot to see dolphins, but other greats spots to visit are Cove Bay, Chanonry Point and Spey Bay.

Why not visit us on Facebook to keep in touch with all the amazing wildlife in north east Scotland.

A map showing the exact location of Torry Battery

Where is Torry Battery?

Torry Battery car park is off Greyhope Road in Aberdeen (approximate postcode AB11 9QY).


It overlooks Aberdeen harbour and is an excellent place to try to spot dolphins!

DolphinFest 2021

Did you miss DolphinFest?

All content is available to watch back until the end of April - just follow the link below.

Celebrating the amazing marine willdife in Aberdeen, with special focus on the bottlenose dolphins seen regularly from Torry Battery, we aim to raise the profile of the threats marine life face and encourage everyone to help protect it.

DolphinFest is supported by Event Scotland as part of Year of Coasts and Waters 20/21 and organisations and individuals from across Scotland.

To join the festival online, please register at: 

You can download the programme and a colouring sheet to put in your window below and keep up to date on our Facebook page.

Pop up events

We will continue to connect people with the marine environment through pop up events and a self-guided trail coming soon.

Keep up to date with pop up events taking place throughout the year on our Facebook page and the RSPB events page.

Coming soon

Keep an eye out for a self-guided Wild Challenge Animal Trail coming soon to Aberdeen City.

A woman showing off two interpretation boards at Torry Battery

What was Dolphinwatch?

Dolphinwatch aimed to engage locals, and visitors to Aberdeen, with the amazing marine wildlife on their doorstep, in particular the iconic bottlenose dolphins, while inspiring them to take action to help protect the marine environment.


Since 2013, through seasonal Dolphinwatch viewing, and in recent years schools, festivals and community outreach, 30,541 people were engaged with, over 4,000 children were connected to nature, over 500 bags of litter were collected and over 5,000 volunteer hours were contributed.


Dolphinwatch was a community project and we want to thank everyone who has supported and visited it throughout the years.


To celebrate and help people continue to enjoy this amazing area and wildlife, we have created dolphin spotting interpretation boards and a viewing bench at Torry Battery.

Thank you

Dolphinwatch was supported and funded throughout the years by a number of organisations who we would like to thank for their support.

Two dolphins jumping through the water

Funders & Supporters