Chanonry Point is situated at the end of the Chanonry Ness, a spit of land extending over a mile south east into the Moray Firth, its a really popular place among tourist and locals and is one of the most popular and one of the best onshore locations in Scotland, and the best place to view dolphins due to its location, as the Moray firth is home to over 130 dolphins, which you can see from the Chanonry Point. The crossing between the split has been a home to the Fort George and Chanonry Point since 1748.
One of the most unique points of the Chanonry Point is that fact its known as the best place in United Kingdom to view the Bottle-nose dolphin, you can usually find the dolphins visible off Chanonry point, when theirs an incoming tide, you can find them hunting for fish and playing in the area however dolphins are not the only sea animals you can catch a blimps off: grey seals and European otters Lutra Lutra are also regulatory spotted.
You can find a beautiful lighthouse situated on the tip of the point, it was designed by Alan Stevenson and it was first lit in 1846 however since 1984 the lighthouse has been fully automated and is now being operated by the Northern Lighthouse Board.
The death of Coinneach Odhar, also known as the Brahan Seer, is commemorated by a Stone Memorial, close by from where he was killed in 1675.
Please keep in mind when visiting Chanonry Point the parking area near the lighthouse and the roads leading up to the beach area are heavy congested during the summer months, its highly recommend to ether park near the Fort rose and Rosemarkie and walk down the foot path along the shore, if the tides is in or leave the car at the parking areas near the village and walk down to Chanonry Point, its a lovely work and you can even hire a bike from he Rosemarkie Beach Café and ride the Dolphin Mile. The Ness is home to two camping and caravan sites towards the north area, which are mostly taken up by Fort rose and Rosemarkie Golf Club.
How to get there
The views from Chanonry Point include Fort George, Inverness and the Kessock Bridge.
- By Car: if you come from Inverness take the A9 and cross the Kessock Bridge, then follow the signs for Black Isle and Fortrose. In Fortrose follow the signs for Chanonry Point and Golf Club
- By Taxi: the journey from Inverness to Chanonry Point will take 25 minutes costing between £20-£30.
- By Buss: Bus service 26, 26A and 26C go from Inverness to Fortrose and then its a 1.5 mile walk.
Opening Hours: Open 24 hours, 7 days a week
Address: Fortrose IV10 8SD