You can often see dolphin fins rise out of the water from the shore, but where's the fun in that? Embark from various harbours along the coast and get up close and personal to Aberdeenshire's magnificant marine mammals and birdlife while on a boat cruise.

Banff's 'Dolphin Coast' is a mecca for anyone wanting to see these magnificent creatures in their natural environment. Sightings are possible from along the rugged coastline but to really appreciate the dolphins as they swim and play offshore, a trip on a wildlife cruise is recommended to take you in close.

The region's coastline has been known to attract killer whales and the occasional humpback whales offshore. There are also plenty of seals in these waters who regularly surface close to passing boats to investigate and if you're fortunate, you may even spot a passing whale. A wildlife cruise is also ideal for birdwatchers as they regularly explore the region's significant seabird colonies.