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Take the train … and go whale spotting

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You don’t need to go to Florida to frolic with Flipper. Just take the train to Scotland, Wales or the West Country and take the family whale, dolphin and porpoise spotting.

According to The Independent, there’s a new holiday hobby that’s got families rushing to the coast and grabbing their binoculars – whale watching, porpoise spying and dolphin spotting.

In fact, almost 250,000 families took boat trips or ‘marine safaris’ last year in a bid to see Flipper and chums at play in their natural habitat.

And even more families are expected to whale watch this year.

If you fancy swapping the Florida Quays for Blighty’s coasts, you’ll find that you can easily head sea-wards by train.

Just take the train to Inverness – the capital of the Scottish Highlands – and head to the Moray Firth’s two land-based watching centres, Spey Bay and North Kessock, to spot bottlenose dolphins.

Or take the train to Aberystwyth, Wales, and spot bottlenose dolphins by Cardigan Bay – a town loved by the poet Dylan Thomas.

You could also take the train to the West Country and see minke and humpback whales, white-beaked dolphins and harbour porpoises.

Check our journey planner for cheap trains to Scotland, Wales or the West Country and go whale-spotting for less.

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