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

COVID-19 update: The Dolphinwatch team at Torry Battery are offering COVID-19 secure, bookable activities.

For the past eight years between April to August we have been helping people spot dolphins and hosting a series of events and activities.  Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 we have been unable to run our usual programme this season. 

We can now offer COVID-19 secure, bookable activities in line with current restrictions. These activities include a Dolphinwatch tour, family wildlife walks, rockpool explorers and beach cleans.

As restrictions change regularly, we are adapting the activities frequently so to stay up to date keep an eye on our Facebook page, or email for more details.

You’ll find us at Torry Battery car park, off Greyhope Road, Aberdeen. 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

    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 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

    DolphinFest 2020, which was funded by Year of Coasts and Waters 2020 Event Fund, was postponed due to COVID-19. We are hoping to reschedule to a later date so please keep an eye on our Facebook page for more details.

    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