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Wild Scotland members get ready for National Whale & Dolphin Watch Week

Wild Scotland members are supporting The Sea Watch Foundation as it stages its annual National Whale and Dolphin Watch this week.

Every year Sea Watch organises a National Whale and Dolphin Watch week, when members of the public can join experienced observers around the coastline to collect sightings.  Since the event began in 2002, more than 3,500 sightings have been made in locations from the Channel Islands and the Scillies to the Shetland Isles, encompassing places as varied as Brighton, Plymouth, Anglesey, Aberdeen, Whitby and Hull.

In total, 28 species of dolphins, whales and porpoises have been recorded in UK & Irish waters, 12 of these during a National Whale & Dolphin Watch.

The event, which starts this Saturday, runs from 18th to 26th July, and full details of the watches can be found on the ‘where to watch’ pages at:

Events in Scotland include:


  • Hoxa Head, South Ronaldsay – 19 July, 4pm to 6pm; 26 July, 1pm to 5pm.

North Scotland

  • Presentation at Seadrift Centre, Dunnet, Caithness – 15 July, 7.30pm
  • Swiney Hill Lybster, Caithness – 18 July, 9am to 11am; 19 July, 9am to 11am; 23 July, 1pm to 3pm.
  • Thurso Caravan Park, Caithness – 18 July, 5pm to 7pm.
  • Duncansby Head car park – 20 July, 10am to 12pm.
  • Trinkies, Wick, Caithness – 21 July, 10am to 12pm.
  • Whaligoe Steps, Ulbster, Caithness – 22 July, 12pm to 2pm.

Moray Firth

  • The South Sutor of Cromarty Car Park – 18 July, 4pm to 6pm; 22 July, 2pm to 5pm; 25 July, 10am to 2pm; 26 July, 10am to 2pm.
  • Burghhead look-out – 19 July, 2pm to 4pm; 24 July, 6pm to 8pm.
  • Findochty Church – 25 July, 2pm to 4pm.
  • Troup Head view point – 19 July, 3pm to 5pm.
  • Covie view point/car park – 25 July, 3pm to 5pm.
  • Gemini Explorer – wildlife and dolphin cruises, likely to see bottlenose dolphins, minke whales, harbour porpoises and seals.

South Grampian

  • Girdleness – 26 July, 1pm to 3pm.
  • Bullers of Buchan – 30 August, 1pm to 3pm.
  • Todd Head Lighthouse – 27 September, 1pm to 3pm.
  • Torry Battery, Aberdeen – 18 July, 25 July, 24 October.
  • Stonehaven Harbour – 18 and 26 July, 10am to 4pm.
  • St Cyrus Nature Reserve – 18, 19, 25 and 26 July, 10am to 4pm.

South East Scotland

  • St Abbs Lighthouse, St Abbs Head National Nature Reserve – 18 July, 11am to 4pm.

Inner Hebrides

  • Cailach Point, north western tip of Mull – July 21, 10am to 4pm.
  • Sea Fari Adventures – wildlife cruises, likely to see minke whales, harbour porpoises, Risso’s dolphins and common dolphins.

North West Scotland

  • Gairloch Marine Life Centre and Cruises, likely to see harbour porpoises, minke whales, common and white-beaked dolphin.
  • Cetacean Watch at Redpoint (south of Gairloch) – 21 July, 2pm to 4pm.
  • MV Shearwater departs daily from Arisaig Marina, trips to the islands of Eigg, Muck or Rum. One of the best locations in the UK for seeing minke whales and harbour porpoise. Risso’s dolphin, Atlantic white-sided dolphin, bottlenose dolphin, killer whale and basking shark have also been seen.
  • Hebridean Whale Cruises – wildlife watching trips from Gairloch around the seas of North West Scotland. Likely to see minke whale, harbour porpoise, killer whale, Risso’s dolphin, short-beaked common dolphin, bottlenose dolphin and many species of seabirds

Further information:

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