With warmer weather beginning to come through, many of us are spending more time in the great outdoors, allowing us to catch glimpses of some of Scotland's most spectacular wildlife.

Ayrshire is no exception to this with marine animals a-plenty across the region's beautiful coastline and throughout The Firth of Clyde.

Finding out where to see whales, dolphins and porpoises can be challenging which is why we have decided to round up some of the best places and experiences for spotting them.

Ayrshire's best places and experiences for spotting whales, dolphins, seals and porpoises

Here are the best places and experiences for spotting whales, dolphins and more in Ayrshire.

Sea Clyde (boat trips)

A Sea Clyde boat trip allows for an up-close view of some of the region's most extraordinary marine wildlife.

Based in Largs Yacht Haven, the company says: "Whether you want to grab an ice cream in Milport, explore the famous Kyles of Bute, spot dolphins and porpoises or blast to Portavadie for a spa day, then we can take you there."

Find out more on the Sea Clyde website.

Largs Sea Front

This promenade, which stretches along the popular seaside town, allows visitors to take in the scenery while enjoying chips or ice cream from one of the many nearby chippies and parlours.

One reviewer was taken aback by how beautiful the beach was, adding: "Sometimes you can see whales."


Seamill, located near West Kilbride, has spectacular views of the sea and is known to be an excellent whale and dolphin viewing spot.

Visitors can stay at a number of local hotels such as The Waterside just down the road which is also famous for its great window views.

Find out more or book a stay on The Waterside website.

Irvine Beach

For a large and clean beach, look no further than this one which has been praised bu visitors online.

One reviewer on Tripadvisor said: "It is a great place to spot wildlife as there are seals in the harbour, lots of various birds, swans, sometimes dolphins and the occasional whale."

Irvine Beach is also an ideal walking spot with a number of restaurants and hotels nearby in the town of Irvine.