With the warmer weather, many of us are spending more time in the great outdoors, allowing us to catch a glimpse 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 for spotting whales, dolphins, seals and porpoises

Here are the best places 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 a bag of chips or ice cream from one of the nearby restaurants and parlours.

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

Find out more on the beach's Tripadvisor website.


Seamill, located near West Kilbride, has spectacular views of the sea and has been 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 well-known for its great window-side views.

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

Irvine Beach

Find out about the beach on Tripadvisor.

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

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.