Chanonry Point attracts visitors from all over the world - our free exhibition will tell you more!
Historic Chanonry Point is a great place to see our wild bottlenose dolphins. Emphasis on 'wild' - this is not SeaWorld. The dolphins love a sunny day, just like us, and often seem to appear when the fish are densest at the point, just before high tide and just after low tide. But there's no real guarantee.
Our staff and customers often see them, as the dolphins sometimes chase the salmon right into the bay outside our windows.
Bear in mind there are no toilets or refreshments available at the point, and its lovely old lighthouse is a private residence. You can see the cafe from the point: look left around the curve of the bay and it is the last white building by the sea in the distance. To get there on foot will take you about 30 minutes, either along the bay or by footpath along the edge of the golf course (never walk cross it!).
Chanonry Point from Rosemarkie Beach
To drive, return half way up Ness Road and once you are beyond the golf course, look out for a turning on your right by a large white house (the Old Poorhouse). Turn into Ness Road East, pass the golf club, Rosemarkie caravan site and Crofters Bistro - and then park on the seafront or in the car park up Mill Road (turn left at the far end of the sea front). The cafe is a short walk across a little bridge over the Markie Burn. Open 10.30 - 3.30, longer in summer.
Our free exhibition includes fantastic shots of dolphins taken by expert photographers Charlie Phillips, Laurie Campbell and Mike Bolam (thank you, gentlemen!).