Aerial view of the Scottish Dolphin Centre.

There are around 190 resident bottlenose dolphins in the Moray Firth.

The Ice House at the Scottish Dolphin Centre © Alex Mitchell

The Moray Firth is home to an abundance of birdlife, including oystercatchers.

If you are very lucky, you may catch a glimpse of an elusive otter.

A bottlenose dolphin surfacing with her calf.

The Scottish Dolphin Centre is open every day during from the beginning of April to the end of October.

The Moray Firth provides plenty of food for the dolphins, including salmon during the summer months.

The Firth is home to both common and grey seals.

Welcome to the Scottish Dolphin Centre

Visit the WDC Scottish Dolphin Centre for the chance to see the amazing bottlenose dolphins of the Moray Firth. Enjoy beautiful walks along the tumultuous River Spey, spot a seal or osprey, and discover Spey Bay’s fishing heritage during a tour of the historic Tugnet icehouse. Entry to the Centre is FREE.

Our cafe, gift shop and exhibition are currently open from 10:30am to 3:30pm, 5 days a week (closed Tuesday and Wednesday) however, for the safety of our visitors and staff we will continue to actively monitor the amount of visitors in the building.

Currently we plan to remain open until Sunday 12th December.  Then we will be closed for the season from Monday 13th December and not re open until mid-February 2022.

You can enjoy delicious home-cooked food in our cafe, which has now returned to a ‘sit in’ eatery, we offer table service and a range of gluten free and vegan options and if you wish to make a reservation then please just call 01343 820339.

Find out more about our tours and activities here, including our private family activity ‘Explore the Bones Box’. To book online, click here.

You can now also book a private Icehouse tour to learn more about Spey Bay’s fascinating history – to book online click here.  These tours will be in line with all of the current guidance and restrictions.

We cannot wait to welcome you back to WDC’s Scottish Dolphin Centre and if you would like further information then please email

“Scotland is one of the best land-based dolphin watching hot spots in the world.”
Simon King OBE, BBC presenter and wildlife film maker.

Plan your visit

There’s loads to do at the Centre. Our passionate staff and volunteers will be on hand to tell you more and answer any questions.

Plan your visit

About Us

The Scottish Dolphin Centre is run by the charity Whale and Dolphin Conservation. WDC is the leading charity dedicated to the protection of whales and dolphins.

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We rely on our brilliant volunteers to help support the Centre. Find out how you can get involved and make a difference for our wildlife.

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