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Dolphin watching breaks

Annabelle's verdict:

You don't need to travel half way round the world to see spectacular marine life. Head up to Scotland's Moray Firth to watch wild Bottlenose dolphin from both the shoreline and at sea in a chartered boat. Stay in a converted 18th century brewery in the beautifully conserved town of Cromarty.

Recommended tour operator: Out of the Blue

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Out of the Blue says

Little can match the magic of witnessing dolphins and whales in the wild. We are leaders in responsible, high-quality dolphin and whale watching and our naturalist guides are amongst the most knowledgeable in their field.

Our three-night breaks in the Moray Firth (costing £450 pp full-board) include boat trips and coastal walks to see the bottlenose dolphins, a visit to the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society’s Wildlife Centre at Spey Bay, and a slide show on your first evening. Accommodation is in the beautiful Old Brewery, close to both the sea and Cromarty’s attractive town centre.

Our new three-night break in the Bay of Biscay offers the chance to see some 20 species of whales, porpoises and dolphins. Set off from Portsmouth on the Pride of Bilbao cruise-ferry where, en route, you will have exclusive access to the ship’s viewing platform. Once there, you’ll enjoy a half-day guided wildlife walk in the foothills behind Bilbao.

Our expert naturalist will be on hand throughout and will give on board lectures on whale and dolphin ecology and identification. Three nights cost from £245 pp (no meals included).

Anyone booking one of our trips will receive a year’s free membership of the Whale & Dolphin Conservation Society. We also make a donation to the WDCS for every booking.

Click here for more about Out of the Blue’s whale and dolphin experiences worldwide.

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