Plan your visit and book tours

The WDC Scottish Dolphin Centre is at the mouth of the River Spey and is a haven for wildlife including bottlenose dolphins, ospreys, grey and common seals, the occasional otter and many coastal birds. The Centre is based in an 18th Century salmon fishing station and has a fascinating history. Our passionate staff and volunteers will be on hand to tell you more and answer any questions.


Entry to the Scottish Dolphin Centre is FREE. We are open Thursday – Monday, 10:30am – 4pm.


On offer throughout the season:

Explore the Bones Box

Explore our collection of whale and dolphin bones with one of the Scottish Dolphin Centre’s passionate guides. Can you guess which creatures they came from? This activity is aimed at school age children and lasts approximately 25 minutes.

Weekends at 2pm – no need to book. This a free activity but donations are welcome!

Children need to be accompanied by an adult.  

Icehouse Tour – book here

Take a guided tour of the largest Icehouse in the UK and discover all about Spey Bay’s salmon fishing heritage. Hear the stories of the fishermen who worked here and see a range of the authentic tools they used. In the bones room you will find out all about the whales and dolphins that live in Scotland’s seas and how big they really are!

Tours last approximately 45 minutes and will be in groups of up to ten people.

Whale and dolphin skeletons at the Ice House, Scottish Dolphin Centre. Photo © Alex Mitchell           






Land-based dolphin watching

Go up on Icehouse hill to try to spot the largest bottlenose dolphins in the world! Look out for splashes, birds overhead and discontinuities in the water. You can also follow us on Twitter @dolphinsighting.

Unguided walks

Join the Speyside Way at the Centre to walk along the River Spey on a well maintained, flat footpath. Why not walk one mile along the path up to the old iron railway bridge, now a cycle and footpath that offers brilliant views down the the Spey? Great for dogs, cyclists and walkers.


Upcoming Events

Early Morning Wildlife Photography Walk

Date: 23rd June 2023
Time: 7:00 am - 9:00 am

Join us for an early morning wander around Spey Bay with your camera. Otters are often seen earlier in the morning and there is a wide range of other wildlife to see in the area including Osprey, Seals and many types of birds and insects. Tickets are £7.50 for adults and kids tickets are £2.50.

Nature Champions

Date: 5th July 2023
Time: 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Location: Scottish Dolphin Centre

Come and join us at the Scottish Dolphin Centre for a fun filled children’s holiday club aimed at 6 – 9 year olds. Each session will have a range of games and activities with a different conservation or nature theme. Meet in the Scottish Dolphin Centre Education Room, or come to the shop and our

Otter & Osprey walk

Date: 11th July 2023
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Summer is here and the Osprey are well and truly back in Spey Bay! Come and join us for a wildlife walk along the river and find out more about these amazing creatures. Tuesday 11th July 7pm – 9pm. Tickets are £6 for adults, kids go free. All tickets MUST be booked in advance. The

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