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.

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Dolphinwatch viewing

Join the Dolphinwatch team at Torry Battery, Thursday-Sunday, 11am-5pm (weather permitting) from April 9 - August 16, 2020.

We provide binoculars, spotting scopes, lots of information about the dolphins and activities for families.

Special events are held throughout the season, from rockpool rambles to beach cleans, so please keep an eye on our Facebook page for details.

You’ll find us at Torry Battery car park, off Greyhope Road, Aberdeen. Look for the RSPB van! There are no amenities and it can be blustery so bring warm, waterproof clothing, sunscreen and any drinks or snacks you need. Wheelchair accessible parking is available.



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      You’ll find us at Torry Battery car park, off Greyhope Road, Aberdeen. Look out for the RSPB van!

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    Dolphinwatch Schools

    Inspire your class with amazing marine wildlife by booking a FREE Dolphin Day. We provide local Aberdeen schools with the opportunity to learn all about the incredible marine wildlife on their doorstep and ways we can help protect it. With classroom-based talks and visits to Torry Battery, teachers can choose from a range of activities which will engage and enthuse their students. For more information or to book a visit please email:

    RSPB Dolphinwatch at Torry Battery
    Aberdeen is one of the best places in Europe to see bottlenose dolphins.

    Aberdeen harbour is one of the few places where you can see bottlenose dolphins all year round.

    It’s a particularly good spot as it’s a feeding ground.
    They are also the largest bottlenose dolphins in the world, growing up to 4 metres long. They are so big because Scottish waters are colder and they have to put on extra blubber.

    People are very excited to get such good views of the dolphins.
    Dolphinwatch is a partnership project led by RSPB Scotland to celebrate and help protect marine wildlife.

    Dolphinwatch schools

    DolphinFest 2020

    Thanks to funding from the Year of Coasts and Waters 2020 Events Fund we are delighted to announce that DolphinFest will be returning from 15-19 April 2020.

    Back for its second year, DolphinFest will help celebrate Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters by giving locals and visitors to Aberdeen City even more opportunities to engage with, and be enthused by, local marine wildlife. Each day, there’ll be a range of marine-themed events, hosted by organisations, businesses and charities, for people to get involved with. More details to be released soon.


    Thank you

    Dolphinwatch is a project funded by the ScottishPower Foundation and National Lottery Heritage Fund and led by RSPB Scotland in partnership with Aberdeen City Council and Whale and Dolphin Conservation.

    Watching dolphins in Aberdeen