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 7 days a week, 10:30am to 4:00pm in July and August. From 30th August, we will be open 5 days per week, 10:30am to 4:00pm (closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays).

 

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 and school holidays at 11:15am and 2:15pm – 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

Dolphin Disturbance Family Activity

Date: 20th August 2022
Time: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Location: Scottish Dolphin Centre

Do you ever wonder how underwater noise affects Whales and Dolphins? Then come along to our Disturbance family activity and learn more by taking part in our Dolphin obstacle course! The activities will run between 12pm and 3pm on Saturday 20th August. This is a free drop in activity with no need to book so

Otter & Osprey Walk

Date: 26th August 2022
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Otter and Osprey Walk

Otter & Osprey Walk

Date: 8th September 2022
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Otter and Osprey Walk

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