Chanonry Point

Chanonry Point (Scottish Gaelic: Gob na Cananaich) lies at the end of Chanonry Ness, a spit of land extending into the Moray Firth between Fortrose and Rosemarkie on the Black Isle. It is the best spot in the UK to view bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) from land. The dolphins are most likely to be visible on an incoming tide (but this cannot be guaranteed.) Other wildlife, including porpoises and grey seals, can also be spotted. European otters (Lutra lutra) are occasional visitors.

The lighthouse situated at the tip of the point was designed by Alan Stevenson and was first lit in 1846. It is still active.  

Things you need to know before your visit:

  • Public Transport: Service bus 26 or 26 A Inverness to Cromarty will get you to Fortrose and/or Rosemarkie. Visit for up-to-date journey planners for public transport around Scotland by air, land and sea.  
  • Parking: There is a small car park at Chanonry Point and 2 blue badge bays. Charges and restrictions apply March 1st – October 31st, daily 09:00 – 17:00. Maximum stay 3 hrs (£3.00). Up to 1 hour (£1.00). Blue badge holders - no charge.  Parking in the villages is free and walking to the point is encouraged.  Motorhomes, caravans, trailers and coaches are prohibited at all times.  Other vehicles up to 6 metres permitted. No overnight parking. CCTV in operation.
  • Facilities: There are no toilet facilities at Chanonry Point. The nearest public toilets are in Avoch, Fortrose and Rosemarkie. All three villages have a range of options for drinks, snacks and meals.
  • Scottish weather is changeable.  Bring a fleece, waterproofs and sun block just in case. 
  • Tips for wildlife spotting can be found at
  • Don’t forget your camera and binoculars. 

We ask that you respect this beautiful spot. Please use the litter bins provided or take your litter and recycling home with you.  Thank you. 

Please also note that drones are not permitted at Chanonry Point due to proximity to the airport and regular helicopter activity.

Please keep a close eye on children and dogs near the water, Chanonry Point is not suitable for swimming due to very dangerous (sometimes hidden) currents. There have been recent helicopter rescues involving people trying to rescue their dogs and then being swept out themselves.

Enjoy your visit! Black Isle Maps are available from local businesses to help you make the most of your time on the Black Isle, so much more to see and do across the rest of our peninsula.

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