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WDC Scottish Dolphin Centre

#1 of 6 things to do in Fochabers Features Animals
Spey Street | Spey Bay, Fochabers IV32 7NJ, Scotland
+44 1343 820339
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Charming and welcoming

Spur of the moment trip out to Spey Bay for late lunch and some sea air. The visitor center is... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Kevin C
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Naperville, Illinois
Wildlife in optima forma!!

Before I want to write my review I think it is only fair to take some time to say something in... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Anna A
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Haarlem, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
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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 seen at the mouth of the river Spey, along with ospreys, seals, a huge variety of bird life and the occasional otter! Join us for land based dolphin watching, tours of Scotland's largest surviving icehouse, wildlife walks and family fun days. There is a lovely shop and cafe on site as well as an interactive exhibition area with details of all the latest sightings. The Centre is run by 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!
  • Excellent58%
  • Very good28%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible4%
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“ice house” (63 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:30 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Spey Street | Spey Bay, Fochabers IV32 7NJ, Scotland
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+44 1343 820339
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Spur of the moment trip out to Spey Bay for late lunch and some sea air. The visitor center is informative and staffed by well informed personnel. The small cafe has a really nice selection of soups, sandwiches, and tray bakes. We really enjoyed our...More

Thank Kevin C
LisaFarley153, SDC Officer at WDC Scottish Dolphin Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Dear Kevin Thank you writing a review, I am glad to read to your 'impromptu' visit was good and your enjoyed your time and the food in the cafe, I will pass your comments onto the team. We hope to see you again soon?! Best...More

Reviewed 4 days ago

Before I want to write my review I think it is only fair to take some time to say something in general to all the people with complaints. If you want to see trained, stressed dolphins just for your quick pleasue go get an expensive...More

Thank Anna A
LisaFarley153, SDC Officer at WDC Scottish Dolphin Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Dear Anna What a wonderful review, I am so happy to read that you had such an enjoyable visit despite just missing the dolphins! Bea was your guide on the icehouse tour and she will be delighted to know that you found it interesting and...More

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Having traversed the A96 for a number of years took a chance and decided to visit WDC site on Spey Bay. Was pleasantly surprised by the professionalism of the volunteers who had plenty of enthusiasm which rubbed off on our daughter. The views of this...More

Thank ness888
LisaFarley153, SDC Officer at WDC Scottish Dolphin Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review and how wonderful that a chance visit resulted in seeing the dolphins! I will pass on your comments to our volunteers who are full of passion and knowledge and they will be delighted...More

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We spent the morning exploring spay bay and the dolphin centre. Free to enter and you can explore the beach. From the pebble beach we saw lots of birds. Only down side was people with there dogs of the lead . We came across a...More

Thank Jackie C
LisaFarley153, SDC Officer at WDC Scottish Dolphin Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hi Jackie Thanks for writing a review and it certainly sounds like you saw lots of wildlife?! The volunteers in the shop did pass on your concerns to the Scottish Wildlife Trust local officer - she is not based here but we worked closely with...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Being local I often visit . Sometimes just to sit and dolphin spot or listen the the waves crashing over the stones. Walking along to the iron bridge is also peaceful and picturesque. The last couple of times I have visited the cafe which is...More

Thank Dawn F
LisaFarley153, SDC Officer at WDC Scottish Dolphin Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hi Dawn Thank you for taking the time to write a review and it is great to read that you think the cafe is an asset, as we certainly think so! I will pass on your comments to the cafe staff, there is a chalk...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a small cafe/gift shop situated on the picturesque Spey Bay river mouth. There is a reasonable range of hot snacks and home bakes and we enjoyed our visit although I felt the prices were slightly on the high side. Service was friendly but...More

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

Dear Alister Thank you for taking the time for writing a review and I am glad you enjoyed your visit. At this time of year we have almost a thousand visitors every day so the service can be a tiny bit longer at these times,...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This has been a staple of our holidays in this area. Last year we saw a phenomenal display but this year we weren't so lucky. This is reassuring as the wonderful Dolphins are not performing Monkeys. A lovely place to come and see what we...More

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

Dear Michael Thank you so much for the review and I am delighted to read that you had another lovely visit and that we are a staple of your holidays! We look forward to welcoming you back again and we will try and have a...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This used to be a fab place to eat. For lunch or scones. They had an amazing menu and fabulous scones, the reviews are stead. It's actually bloody terrible. Sorry but I'm gutted. Where did the girl go who ran it properly??More

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

Hi Sam I am really sorry to read that you have rated the cafe as terrible. You haven't said when you visited and what you chose off of the menu so it is difficult to know what you were most disappointed with. I am also...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My wife loves dolphins so a visit to this place is a must as we were on holiday close by. Went on the beach and the Dolphins appeared straight away a magical experience. Great WDC shop too, had a great time.

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

Hi Paul Many thanks for writing a review and I am delighted that your wife got to see the beautiful bottlenose dolphins of the Moray Firth and made your visit even more memorable! Best Lisa Lisa Farley SDC Officer

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Nice little centre and coffee shop. We missed the tours so advise checking the times etc ahead if your visit. Sadly didn't spot any dolphins.... next time though!More

Thank LF2107
LisaFarley153, SDC Officer at WDC Scottish Dolphin Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks for writing a review, I am glad you enjoyed your visit, but sorry to read that you missed the tour times. All of the information you need you can find on our website dolphincentre.whales.org Hopefully, if you visit again, you can do an icehouse...More

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Samantha R
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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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