Whilst every window of the Old Ticket Office looks over the stunning scenery of the area, opposite the Old Ticket Office the Inverness and Beauly Firths are rich in wildlife and with a little patience and a good pair of binoculars, you stand a decent chance of seeing one or more species at any time of the year.
Take some time out and look around - the best way to see the wildlife is not to watch for it!
Shown below are photographs of some of the birds and animals which make the area their home. Click on any photo to view a larger version.
All the photos featured below were taken by Charlie Phillips - an award winning wildlife photographer famed for his work with the dolphins of the Moray Firth.
The best time of the year to spot them as they hunt is between April and October and whilst there may be a few around at all times of the day, best chance of a sighting is around the time of the high tide.
It is particularly interesting now that Kesslet had a new baby dolphin in September and they feed in the Kessock channel along with her older offspring Charlie.
Often seen hunting, chasing or eating fish in the water not too far from the shore anywhere between the bridge and the pier.
There are at least two families resident in the area and they can be seen at any time of the day and at any time of the tide.
Watch out for a large solitary bird flying parallel to the sore and if it stops in mid-flight and hangs in the air, keep watching as it might be lining up a dive on an unsuspecting fish.
When in the water and on the surface, only the long neck and the top of the back is visible and in order to get under water, they perform a 'jump and dive'.
They can often be seen on the shore or out on the sandbanks with wings fully extended - unlike many divers, their plumage is not waterproof so they need to dry off after a period of underwater fishing.
Although they spend much of their life in salt water in the Firth, they are quite willing to venture far up the River Ness in pursuit of salmon.
When not hunting they 'haul out' onto the sandbars and can adopt position with their head and tail held up in the air.
They can be seen all along the shore at all times of the tide and only the very patient will get the chance to see them spear a passing fish.
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