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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Where is Torry Battery?

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      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!

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    DolphinFest 2021

    DolphinFest returns from 7-11 April 2021

    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.

    Programme and colouring sheet

    Dolphinwatch viewing

    COVID-19 update: We are hoping to be able to offer COVID-19 secure, bookable activities when restrictions allow.

    Since 2013, between April and August, we have been helping people spot dolphins and hosting a series of events and activities.  Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 we are unable to run our usual programme. 

    As restrictions change regularly, keep an eye on our Facebook page, or for updates.

    Please note Torry Battery has 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.


    Dolphinwatch Schools

    Due to COVID-19 we are not able to offer the standard school sessions at this time. If you would like to discuss alternative options please email us at

    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.

    Thank you

    Dolphinwatch is a project led by RSPB Scotland in partnership with Aberdeen City Council and Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC). It comprises of Dolphinwatch Schools, Viewing and DolphinFest. Dolphinwatch is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) and Scotland's Year of Coasts and Waters - celebrating the water that makes the country's landscape so special and loved.

    Watching dolphins in Aberdeen