Chanonry point dolphin question

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  1. Tezza

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    Hi everyone

    It says the best time to see the dolphins in this area is two hours after low water, so just to make sure I am on the right page, if my Inverness tide book says low water is IE.10.00, the dolphins should make an appearance around 12.00ish.
    I know these animals are wild and nothing is certain but if we are in the right place at the right time it's going to help.
     
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    Yes, I went and never saw them.
    Take your binoculars you may be lucky.
     
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    we have just randomly turned up three times and seen them every time, that said every one of those was early evening, with local fish chips from shop in village before the point, both now part of our trips (y)

    But I have read the same as you ref low water and would agree you have the sums right, might just be better if low water is early evening

    we have seen up to 50 really close to the point on one trip, not so many on others but always seen at least 10 jumps out of the water, well maybe not full jumps, but heads right out at least :), but all within about 1/2 hour, my attention span is not great (y)
     
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  4. Tezza

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    Are the viewings an AYR thing or just certain months of the year?

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    We've seen them :) I don't know what the state of the tide was but a local guy was very disinterested when we pointed them out. Said they were there most days........

    You can also see them from the Nigg ferry.
     
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    If you can afford it!!!.......costs a fortune.
     
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    Go as a foot passenger :)

    When we used to do the Outer Hebrides prior to the RET I think it was hundreds of pounds for the Stornoway to Ullapool route so the Nigg ferry was cheap11
     
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    I saw them approx. 2 hours before full tide. As long as the tide is coming in then is a chance of seeing them because the dolphins are waiting there for the salmon to swim up river which tends to be on an incoming tide.
    What amazed me was how close they were to the shoreline, I was expecting to need binoculars to see them but they are often just 20 - 30 yards out.
     
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    Hey, it's £60 return to the supermarket from here (taxi as there is no bus and I am still waiting for the DVLA to confirm I am okay to drive). Last time I had stuff delivered it was £12 and most of it went back as it was at it's use by date or an unsuitable substitute. I'm guessing most things are more expensive if you live more rurally.
     
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    Still not cheap, £8 each return.......unless you like a long walk.......or a bracing swim:)

    Not sure that it is running again this year, wasn't last year.
     
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    A couple of years ago we spent 3 nights at the nearby CCC site and went looking for the dolphins each day at the 'right' time - didn't see a single one!!
     
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    I hadn't realised it wasn't running. Sorry for the poor information.
     
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    Neither did I until I googled, apparently last year the previous operator was having problems with the berth at Cromarty.

    In March the Highland council were asking for tenders to operate this Summer but I don't know the outcome.
     
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    I was just there last week, on the CCC site. Went to the point at the "right" time (yes, about 2 hours after low tide), and saw a few. They were a bit lethargic though, must have eaten their fill.
    The next day there were apparently loads, all leaping about like,er, dolphins.
     
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    Nigg Ferry is no longer working. The Dolphins appear when the tides on the turn and at Chanonry Point they will appear in the channel about 3m from the beach. You can take bino's as they sometime appear over by Fort George.

    We go there for a walk along from Rosemarkie along the beach with George (the Pointer), there is a campsite there too with very good views, though we haven't stayed there as it's not far from where we live.
     
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    Last time we were there we knocked the exhaust on the van. Not a real problem but the ramps can / could be steep depending on the tide.
     
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    Luckily only time used it was driving a Navara as vw golf and Audi A5 that went of ferry before me were damaged golf was cosmetic but Audi was terminal as sump bust and exhaust wrecked.
     
  18. matamoros

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    Brother in Law lives above Beauly, we usually spend a week in August there and usually have a walk from Rosemarkie past the site to the point, that's about as far as I can manage these days. The site is in a beautiful location but we always have accomodation close by so have never used it. Love the area.:)
     
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    We saw them within a few metres of the beach. We also saw them from the MH windows, swimming in the middle of the estuary, whilst occupying a front row pitch at Rosemarie CCC site.

    Good luck - Gordon
     
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