WDC’s Scottish Dolphin Centre has been shortlisted for Best Visitor Attraction at the Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards 2015.
The Centre, which has been open since 2004, is visited by tens of thousands of people each year.
Sitting in a wildlife reserve on the coastline where the sea meets the River Spey, the Centre is one of the best places to go dolphin watching in the UK and has recently been awarded a certificate of excellence by worldwide travel review site, Trip Advisor, and been given a four star rating by the Scottish Tourist Board.
Also on offers to the public are interactive exhibitions, a café, shop and themed events, as well as highlighting the work that WDC undertakes to help save these amazing creatures from the many threats that they face.
The award entry focussed on the Dry Dive exhibition, a unique audio visual experience at the Centre, which allows visitors to explore the underwater world of the Moray Firth including dolphins, porpoise and basking sharks. It also highlighted Freedom, a large dolphin sculpture on show in the Centre’s courtyard garden, painted to show ocean currents and the diversity of the world’s whales and dolphins.
The Centre has also developed a training programme for its staff and volunteers to ensure they have the skills and knowledge needed to provide excellent customer care to the 90,000 visitors that come through the centre’s doors each year.