Claire Wright, 43, and her husband Chris, 48, travelled more than 400 miles from Sheffield, South Yorks, to Scotland for a two week holiday.
But on Friday her dreams came true when she spotted a group of the animals creating a fascinating display at Chanonry Point in the Moray Firth.
Claire said: "We went on a two week holiday to Scotland, we just love it up there.
"I had never seen a dolphin, it's been high up in my bucket list.
"But on our last day in Scotland, I saw them and tried to get photos of them.
"It's just so special to finally see dolphins and try and capture their spirit.
"It was just magical.
"I was in awe of what they can do but trying to capture that was really hard.
"It was nice to admire them so close to the shore.
"They seemed friendly and inquisitive, having everyone say 'wow' was great too.
"There was a group of five or six of them playing but I didn't manage to get them all in one picture.
"I found it so hard to photograph them so I was lucky to capture the motion and movement of them.
"The pictures will make great memories.
"The whole trip was fantastic and the people are so friendly."
Claire took the picture at around 11am on Friday.