WDC Scottish Dolphin Centre announces extended winter opening hours

WDC's Scottish Dolphin Centre in Spey Bay is set to extend its opening season due to growing demand, with members of the public now able to visit through until mid-December.

The increase in opening hours during the winter months has been made possible by the installation of a new biomass heating system kindly funded by the Beatrice Partnership Fund.

On Tuesday 23rd October, the centre will also be unveiling new interpretation boards which focus on the winter wildlife that visits Spey Bay and the history of the Tugnet fishing station, funded by the Gordon and Ena Baxter Foundation.

Scottish Dolphin Centre
Watch wild dolphins at the Scottish Dolphin Centre

Alison Rose, WDC Scottish Dolphin Centre manager said; ‘This is a really exciting time in the development of the Scottish Dolphin Centre. We have over 90,000 people coming through our doors during the summer months alone and many of our regular visitors often asked us to consider a longer season as they know how beautiful Spey Bay is all year round. However, previously, the Centre buildings had no heating system, forcing us to close in October each year. Choosing a renewable, sustainable heating source was very important to us as an environmental charity, hence the decision to install a biomass boiler.’

Spey Bay beach
Spey Bay beach outside the Scottish Dolphin Centre

’We want to make sure our exhibition is relevant all year round so, with the help of the Gordon and Ena Baxter Foundation we have also created new interpretation boards which focus on the winter season. It’s great to be able to offer our regular visitors something new. We would like to thank the Beatrice Partnership Fund and the Gordon and Ena Baxter Foundation for their generous support of these projects.’

The new opening hours for the Scottish Dolphin Centre are:

1st April – 31st October: 7 days a week, 10:30am – 5pm

1st November – mid December: Open Thur – Mon 10am – 3pm Closed Tue and Wed

Mid December – mid February: Closed

Mid February to 31st March: Open Thur – Mon 10am – 3pm Closed Tues and Wed