The Scottish Dolphin Centre is run by charity Whale and Dolphin Conservation. Based at the mouth of the River Spey, visitors can spot bottlenose dolphins, osprey, seals and the elusive otter living in the wild.
The Centre is based in a 250 year old former salmon fishing station and offers a gift shop, lovely cafe and small exhibition space where you can learn more about the local bottlenose dolphins.
The centre buildings are accessible by wheelchair and there is a disabled toilet. The shingle beach is not accessible to wheelchair used or those with low mobility, but a small grassy hill can give a vantage point to look out to sea.
There is level access from the main entrance to:Scottish Dolphin Centre exhibition Shop information deskScottish Dolphin Centre toilets Scottish Dolphin Centre cafeScottish Dolphin Centre shop
There is level access from the car park to:Outside cafe
Getting hereFor further information on accessible travel in Scotland, go to Transport Scotland.
Travel by public transport
Scheduled buses stop at Fochabers and then a taxi booked for the remaining 5 miles to Spey Bay. The number 10 bus from Aberdeen to Inverness timetable:
Travel by taxi
Please consider donating £2 to park your vehicle here, from 9am to 5pm. No overnight parking. The proceeds from your ticket will contribute directly to the maintenance of the car park, the running of the WDC Scottish Dolphin Centre and WDC’s work to protect dolphins in Scotland.
Path to main entrance
Getting around inside
Visual Impairment - General Information
Ticket/ information desk
Shop information desk
Scottish Dolphin Centre exhibition
The exhibition provides information boards on latest wildlife sightings and the bottlenose dolphins, osprey and other wildlife. We have live cameras that look out to sea and over the estuary. The controls are mounted on levered arms so can be accessed from any height. There is comfortable seating and a screen showing films and photo montages. Whale and dolphin bones and skulls can be touched and held by visitors.
Scottish Dolphin Centre toilets
Scottish Dolphin Centre shop
Place to eat and drink
Scottish Dolphin Centre cafe
Ice House (accessed by tour only)
There is a gentle slope down to the Icehouse door. The Icehouse is a historic building which had cobbled flooring throughout. Most areas have mats to provide a more even flooring, however for some areas this has not been possible. There is also low lighting throughout the building. Please note we are happy to take visitors in to assess the building themselves before a tour. There are seats dotted throughout the tour which visitors are welcome to use at any time.
Getting around outside
Designated Walking Trail
There is a slope up to Shorewatch Hill, which is a spot visitors can watch for dolphins.
Customer care support
Customer care support