Last weekend I took two Pinewood Steading guests to experience the delights of a nearby beach – Rosemarkie Beach on the Black Isle. And also Chanonry Point, which is (officially) one of the best places in the world to spot Bottlenose dolphins.
We drove via Beauly and the Muir of Ord over to the Black Isle and arrived at the car park at Chanonry Point in less than 30 minutes. Even the drive across the Isle, through Avoch and Fortrose is lovely.
We took a slow and steady bimble up to the point, before making our way up the mile long beach into Rosemarkie. We were planning to stop off at the Rosemarkie Beach Café.
This is a community run project and here we managed to get ourselves some cake and hot drinks. After sitting for a while and enjoying the view, we made our way back down to Chanonry Point. We were lucky enough to spot a seal on the way back! The wind was still quite strong and was making lovely patterns across the sand.
They say one hour after low tide is the best time to spot dolphins at the Point. Low tide on that day was 3pm, and we arrived at the Point just before 4pm. A small crowd was beginning to gather. After about 10 minutes, we weren’t disappointed, we saw our first two dolphins, who even leapt out of the water! We only saw a few more over the course of the hour we were there for, but saw more seals too.
The weather was blowy, the sea was very choppy and we did get a wee bit cold, so we made our way back to the car with windswept smiles on our faces.