Scotland is surrounded by amazing marine environments which are home to whales, dolphins and porpoises.

The NC500 in the Scottish Highlands is no exception to this with dozens of opportunities available to get out and see these extraordinary creatures.

With that said, here is a roundup of the best places to see whales and dolphins along the popular route.

Best places to see whales, dolphins and porpoises on the NC500

Here are the best places to see whales, dolphins and porpoises on the NC500.

Dolphin Trips Avoch

Dolphin Trips Avoch, which operates outside of Inverness near Fortrose, offers day trips out to sea, allowing for possible sightings of marine animals like Ospreys, Red Kites, Seals, Porpoises and Bottlenose Dolphins.

Find out more on the Dolphin Trips Avoch website.

North Coast Sea Tours

Located on the far side of the route, North Cost Sea Tours is another wildlife boating experience which takes visitors along Scotland's rugged yet beautiful West Coast.

Find out more on the North Coast Sea Tours website.

Hebridean Whale Cruises

This offers those travelling along the NC500 the chance to see real-life whales with visitors only needing to make a simple online booking.

Find out more via the Hebridean Whale Cruises website.

Eco Ventures

Describing itself as the "ultimate wildlife watching adventure", Eco Ventures in the Moray Firth offers visitors the chance to spot marine animals on its custom-built ship.

Skipper Sarah, who has nearly 20 years of experience, and her friendly team will ensure those onboard can experience the thrill of exploring Scotland's natural world.

Find out more on the Eco Ventures website.

Chanonry Point

Chanonry Point is a great place to go dolphin-watching with some of the best sightings anywhere in the country.

Google Reviewers agree, with one user saying: "Great wee place to visit with the kids lots of seats but small car park though."

The spot is located on Ness Road in Fortrose.