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Wildlife

Wildlife lovers will have a ball exploring the beautiful Moray coastline to discover its abundant treasures – travel along the coast to the Macduff Aquarium to see marine life from the Moray Firth in a variety of exciting and innovative exhibits.

For a diverse range of wildlife and endangered animals in a spectacular setting, take a trip to the Highland Wildlife safari park and zoo in Kingussie in the Cairngorms National Park. A visit to The Cairngorm Reindeer Centre is a must too, with daily guided visits to see the herd of 150 reindeer.

Caingorms National Park

To the south of Silver Sands lies the Caingorms, a national park that is roughly twice the size of the Lake District. Five of the UK’s six highest mountains lie inside the park, and there are 55 Munros – mountains over 3,000 ft. There are huge forests of ancient native trees, cascading waterfalls, and more wildlife than you can shake a capercaillie at.

dolphin in moray firth

Moray Firth

If you want to get closer to marine wildlife then there are few better places in the UK than the Moray Firth coast. Spanning some 500 miles it is the largest firth in Scotland and is fed by a number of rivers including the River Ness, which flows from Loch Ness. From land, Chanonry Point near Fortrose is possibly the best place to spot the wildlife of the Moray Firth. Grey seals and harbour porpoises are regular sights all year round but those smiled upon by Lady Luck will see bottlenose dolphins close to the shore and maybe an otter scurrying about on the beach!