Bottlenose dolphin

Dolphinwatch

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 11 – August 18 2019.

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: dolphinwatch@rspb.org.uk

    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.

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    Dolphinwatch schools

    DolphinFest 2020

    Thanks to support from the Year of Coasts and Waters 2020 Events Fund we are delighted to announce that there will be a DolphinFest 2020.

    DolphinFest 2019 (25-28 April) was Aberdeen’s first-ever Dolphin Festival and was a celebration of the amazing marine wildlife we have in Aberdeen, particularly the dolphins. The festival was organised by RSPB Scotland, thanks to funding from the National Lottery Fund and ScottishPower Foundation, and was supported by organisations and individuals across Scotland.

    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