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WDC Scottish Dolphin Centre

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Spey Street | Spey Bay, Fochabers IV32 7PJ, Scotland
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Great Day Out

Wanted to visit this little gem again as I 2 years ago we didnt get a chance to see the place... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
liz f
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Great Day Out

This was a great day out for all the family ages ranging from 10 to 58. The info centre has cameras... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
TomRodger989
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Strathdon, United Kingdom
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We are a visitor Centre based at the mouth of the river Spey, where it meets the North Sea. Dolphins are regularly spotted at the mouth of the river Spey and close to the shoreline, along with ospreys, seals, a huge variety of bird life and the occasional otter! Join us for land based dolphin watching, take a tour in the historic Tugnet icehouse (Scotland's largest surviving icehouse), go on a guided wildlife walk and take part in our family fun days. There is a lovely gift shop and cafe on site as well as an interactive exhibition area with details of all the latest sightings. The Centre is the public face of the charity Whale and Dolphin Conservation, so come and have a fun day out and learn about whales and dolphins and support our charity work to protect these wonderful creatures!
  • Excellent59%
  • Very good26%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible5%
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Hours Today: 10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Spey Street | Spey Bay, Fochabers IV32 7PJ, Scotland
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"few hours"
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"small cafe"
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"nature walk"
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"well worth a visit"
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"gift shop"
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"information centre"
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"dolphin spotting"
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"great information"
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"great place to visit"
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Wanted to visit this little gem again as I 2 years ago we didnt get a chance to see the place properly. Arrived at site and staff were lovely and welcoming. Didn't know you could hire the binoculars for a quid. We sat out on...More

Thank liz f
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LisaFarley153, SDC Officer at WDC Scottish Dolphin Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Liz Many thanks for taking the time to write a review of the Centre. I am so glad you had a lovely day out and enjoyed your visit especially the ice house tour, most folk do not know of it's fascinating history! The cafe...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was a great day out for all the family ages ranging from 10 to 58. The info centre has cameras that allow you to scan the water and countryside around for wildlife. Dolphins were seen as well as many different birds including an Osprey....More

Thank TomRodger989
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LisaFarley153, SDC Officer at WDC Scottish Dolphin Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Tom Thank you for taking the time to write a review of the Centre and I am delighted to read that you enjoyed your visit. How fantastic that you managed to see the dolphins and an osprey, sightings of both have increased over the...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a lovely drive down to Spey Bay, and ,boy, was it worth it! The views alone are worth a visit, and if you time it right you'll see dolphins. We were lucky and saw them from a distance, obviously it depends on your...More

Thank Lorraine S
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LisaFarley153, SDC Officer at WDC Scottish Dolphin Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Lorraine Thank you for taking the time to write a review. I am so glad you had a lovely visit, you certainly had the weather on your side, it has been glorious here over the last week or so! It sounds like you took...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had walked along the lovely beach and had the opportunity to take some lovely pictures. We didnt see any dolphins but we didn't mind. We decided to go into the center for some lunch. We stopped to look around the little gift shop but...More

Thank harmony1995
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LisaFarley153, SDC Officer at WDC Scottish Dolphin Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear Harmony I was very, very concerned to read your review and did wonder if it was the Scottish Dolphin Centre that you had visited, because we have absolutely no-one of that description who actually works and/or volunteers at the Centre. However, after a little...More

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Very pleasant and enjoyable visit. Very helpful in the visitor centre. Free parking with very pleasant views close to the parking area.

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Reviewed 15 May 2018

I visited the Dolphin Centre yesterday morning and had a lovely time. The staff were lovely and helpful at all times. I enjoyed chatting to them about dolphins. I recommend using the dolphin cameras located inside, and reading the information provided on spotting dolphins. There...More

Thank LadyLiana
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LisaFarley153, SDC Officer at WDC Scottish Dolphin Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 15 May 2018

Dear Liana Many thanks for taking the time to review Centre, it is lovely to read that you had a great time and despite the wet, dreary weather on Sunday morning you managed to see dolphins! I will pass on your comments to our guides...More

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Reviewed 14 May 2018

The Dolphin centre was very informative. The cafe was welcoming. The Smoked beef panini was delicious served wth fresh salad and homemade coleslaw. The service was friendly and attentive.More

Thank Valerie S
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LisaFarley153, SDC Officer at WDC Scottish Dolphin Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 14 May 2018

Dear Valerie Thank you for your review, I am glad to read that you enjoyed your visit. Our team of staff and volunteers both front of house and in the cafe work very hard to give our visitors a great day out! I will pass...More

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Reviewed 13 May 2018

A very enjoyable day with Free Parking, Free Admission & loan of Binoculars for a £1 per day what more could you ask for (some Dolphins maybe), we enjoyed our visit & pleasant walks & educational talks with the staff/guides thoroughly recommend & you have...More

Thank C C
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LisaFarley153, SDC Officer at WDC Scottish Dolphin Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 14 May 2018

Thank you for taking the time to write a review and it's great to read that you enjoyed your day out, hopefully the dolphins will be here next time you visit, although sometimes you do need a bit of luck on your side! Best Lisa...More

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Reviewed 1 May 2018

Only popped in past Dolphin Centre for a quick visit - but what a find, will definitely go back. A great place for dolphin and bird watching (unfortunately we didn’t see any dolphins during our short visit). The cafe is a must to visit if...More

Thank Helen F
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LisaFarley153, SDC Officer at WDC Scottish Dolphin Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 May 2018

Dear Helen Many thanks for taking the time to write a review and I am so glad to read that you had a lovely experience despite the dolphins not being around! It is also great to read that you enjoyed the food and the service...More

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Reviewed 29 April 2018 via mobile

The centre is excellent and very educational. However avoid the cafe area. The staff totally ignored us having been seated for 10 minutes and only acknowledged our being there when they saw me walking towards them to place my order. The cups that were brought...More

Thank Simon C
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LisaFarley153, SDC Officer at WDC Scottish Dolphin Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 30 April 2018

Dear Simon Thank you for taking the time to write a review and while I am delighted to read that you really enjoyed the Centre, I am obviously very disappointed to read that your experience in the cafe was not as good. I have discussed...More

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Madboys
7 May 2018|
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Response from LisaFarley153 | Property representative |
Yes, it is wheelchair and pram accessible but it is worth mentioning that the building is 200 years old so the layout is not modern. Best Lisa SDC Team
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alanburt107
18 September 2017|
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Response from CSUK72 | Reviewed this property |
There is plenty of parking and its quite a large area so you should be ok yes.
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Samantha R
20 June 2015|
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Response from KateBlackIsle | Property representative |
Hi there, Thank you for your enquiry and for supporting WDC by adopting one of our dolphins. I will try to give you as honest an answer as possible. The centre here is a beautiful place in it's own right and you could... More
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