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Dolphins, Porpoises, Seals, Whales, Otters
from the North East Coast of Scotland

Our B&B in Culrain is well situated for exploring several areas where it is possible to watch seals and otters, and if you are lucky, dolphins and porpoises or perhaps even a whale! Infact our neighbours have seen otters in the stream at the bottom of the track that leads to our house.

On the A9 just before the Cromarty Bridge, there is a layby where seals can be seen when the tide is out enough to expose the rocks. Another place for seals is the Loch Fleet National Nature Reserve and the sand flats near Dornoch, although you may need binoculars to get a really good view (we can provide these).

Although very slightly outwith our 35 mile driving distance criterion, the Black Isle, where there are dolphin cruises in Avoch and a famous dolphin spotting location at Chanonry Point, is fairly easy to get to from us. Rosemarkie and Avoch are about 40 miles. There are also dolphin cruises from Cromarty, which is only slightly over 40 miles.

Infact all along the north east coast of Scotland seals, dolphins and otters can be seen. Golspie, Brora, and Tarbat Ness near Portmahomack are all good places for this.

Seals in the Loch Fleet National Nature Reserve

Seals in the Loch Fleet National Nature Reserve

Seal near the Cromarty Bridge

Seal human-spotting near the Cromarty Bridge


Cromarty, on the Black Isle, from where there are dolphin cruises



Mermaids too! This one can be spotted from Balintore.

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