Chanonry Point (Scottish Gaelic: Gob na Cananaich) lies at the end of Chanonry Ness, a spit of land extending into the Moray Firth between Fortrose and Rosemarkie on the Black Isle. It is the best spot in the UK to view bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) from land. The dolphins are most likely to be visible on an incoming tide (but this cannot be guaranteed.) Other wildlife, including porpoises and grey seals, can also be spotted. European otters (Lutra lutra) are occasional visitors.
The lighthouse situated at the tip of the point was designed by Alan Stevenson and was first lit in 1846. It is still active.
Things you need to know before your visit:
- Public Transport: service bus 26 A/B/C Inverness to Cromarty will get you to Fortrose and/or Rosemarkie.
- A FREE Shuttle Bus will operate during July/August from Rosemarkie Marine Terrace to Chanonry Point on a loop via Fortrose Station Square/High Street.
- There is limited parking space at Chanonry Point and parking charges apply March 1st – October 31st, daily 09:00 – 17:00. Maximum stay 3 hrs (£3.00). Up to 1 hour (£1.00). Disabled badge holders - no charge. Parking in the villages is free. Caravans, trailers and coaches are prohibited at all times. Campervans – no overnight stays. A Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) will be issued if a contravention is recorded.
- There are no toilet facilities at Chanonry Point.
- Scottish weather is changeable. Bring a fleece, waterproofs and sun block just in case.
- Don’t forget your camera and binoculars.
We ask that you respect this beautiful spot. Please use the litter bins provided or take your litter home with you. Thank you.
Enjoy your visit!