Dolphins & Boat Trips




Discover your sea legs in Aberdeenshire !

Torry Battery (just beside Aberdeen Harbour entrance- 25 mins Harestone) has been shown to have the highest possibility of spotting bottlenose dolphins in Scotland year round. The resident population has approximately 190 residents.

Aberdeen harbour is a rich feeding ground for a pod of Bottlenose Dolphins that can be seen on most journeys just as you pass the harbour breakwater. There are usually around 20 dolphins present, however seeing 50 or more dolphins is not uncommon.

The best months to spot them are April – July and you don’t even have to take a boat trip, you can view them from the shore.



Boat Tours


Aberdeen Harbour Tours offer year round (weather dependant) Harbour and Dolphin cruises. They are a family run business & offer private and group tours.


The harbour and dolphin tour


Your gentle, fun tour begins with a talk from the crew onboard about the history and operation at the port. Getting you close up to the large Oil Supply vessels working from the Harbour. Then you sail off out into Aberdeen Bay spotting Dolphins playing and feeding and various wildlife feeding. Wildlife spotted on the tours are mainly Bottlenose Dolphins, Eider Duck, Seals, Porpoises and the occasional Minky whales and Orca whales .

Cost & Duration

Adult £30

Child £15

1 Hour

Aberdeen Coastal Tour

The tours heads out of Aberdeen Harbour stopping to allow you to spot the playful dolphins then continues along the coast in search local wildlife and natural beauty spots along the way

Sightings of Seals, puffins and other wildlife are common but the coastline as viewed by boat is spectacular in it’s self.


Cost & Duration

Adult £50

Child £25

2 Hours

Wind Farm Tour


Get up close to the worlds most powerful wind turbines in Aberdeen Bay. This trip also includes spotting the famous Aberdeen Harbour Dolphins and seeing Aberdeen Beach in its entirety from a completely different view point.


Cost & Duration

Adult £50

Child £25

1.5 Hours


View Dolphins from the Land

Greyhope Bay Centre

This café & community space at Torry Battery, offers one of the best locations to spot bottlenose dolphins from the land in the UK.

The dolphins can be spotted most days year-round at the entrance to Aberdeen Harbour often displaying playful behaviour. The Greyhope Bay Centre is an “off-grid” eco-facility built by converting shipping containers and forms part of 5-year plan to establish Torry Battery as a vibrant destination in Aberdeen.

Torry Point Battery was built in 1860 as a training ground and barracks for soldiers stationed there until it was decommissioned in the 1950s



Longer Boat Trips


Guide charters offer wildlife and birdwatching tours as well as fishing trips. The wildlife trips leave from Macduff (50 mins Harestone) and the longer sea angling trip (3-5 hours) leave from Fraseburgh (44 mins).

Guide Charters are ideally located to explore the area. The rugged coastline has everything from ruined castles , hill fort near Pennan, and historic harbours of Banff, Portsoy and Whitehills, and the traditional fishing villages of Sandend, Gardenstown, Crovie and Pennan.

You will also see Scotland’s only mainland gannet colony at Troup Head. You can even listen to the underwater world with their underwater microphone.

Cost & Duration

Adults £30

Under 15 £ 15

3 Hours

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