Black Isle

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Black by name, but definitely not black by nature. The intriguingly-named Black Isle boasts a mild climate, lush greenery and some of the most important wildlife hotspots in Britain!

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A must-see spot here is Chanonry Point – one of the best places in Europe to watch bottlenosed dolphins. These intelligent and sociable animals regularly hunt along this coastline and we hope to see some of the one hundred plus individuals that have been identified here in the Moray Firth.

Also well known for being the first site in Scotland where red kites were reintroduced in 1989, the Black Isle now boasts one of the most productive colonies in the UK. These beautiful raptors are frequently seen here, quartering farm fields and showing off their distinctive red forked tail.

Finally, a tour of the Black Isle would not be complete without exploring some of the peaceful coastal villages, such as Cromarty, or checking some of the many viewpoints for migrating waders, wildfowl, ospreys or even cetaceans. There’s also some great coastal walking if you want to burn off some calories in between tea stops!

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Full day (up to 8 hours)

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Private (up to 4 people)


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1 review for Black Isle

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    V. Nuttal

    A lovely day with exciting sightings – especially the osprey and the dolphins. So pleased you mentioned the ‘lovely couple’ – pity about the guide!!!! Seriously, he is one of the best guides I’ve ever had – unbelievable ear and ID skills.

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