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Scottish Seabird Centre

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Address: The Harbour, North Berwick EH39 4SS, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 1620 890202
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Description: The Scottish Seabird Centre is a five-star visitor attraction with an...
The Scottish Seabird Centre is a five-star visitor attraction with an award-winning Discovery Centre, set in a stunning location overlooking the sea and sandy beaches of North Berwick, East Lothian. A world-leader in remote wildlife viewing, the Seabird Centre has solar powered cameras on the Firth of Forth islands - these are controlled by visitors to the Discovery Centre, who can zoom in on amazing wildlife without disturbing it in any way. There's the chance to see puffins, gannets, seals and more - there is different wildlife to see throughout the year and at different stages of the breeding season. There are seasonal boat trips - with a range of different types on offer - from Easter until October. There are trips to the Bass Rock, which is home to 150,000 gannets at the peak of the breeding season; Craigleith, which is the focus of the Centre's SOS Puffin project; and the Isle of May National Nature Reserve. The Bass Rock is the world's largest Northern gannet colony and was voted BBC Countryfile Magazine's Nature Reserve of the Year 2014/2015. Open all year, the Centre offers something for everyone with a Wildlife Theatre, Kids' Zone and Kids' Corner, Scope Deck plus exhibitions and events. There is an excellent gift shop and the Seabird Cafe features the only seaside sun deck in East Lothian.
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Coffee and cake

We only popped in after a walk on the beach for a cup of coffee and a piece of cake. The cappuccino cake and the millionaires cake were both delicious and probably the best cakes... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 28, 2015
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Grantham, United Kingdom
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Grantham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

We only popped in after a walk on the beach for a cup of coffee and a piece of cake. The cappuccino cake and the millionaires cake were both delicious and probably the best cakes we have eaten out for a very long time!

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Puffin2000, Public Relations Manager at Scottish Seabird Centre, responded to this review

Hi Liz Thanks so much for this lovely five star review of the Seabird Cafe. Brilliant to read that they were the best cakes you have had in a very long time!! Your feedback has been passed on to the team. All the best Laura More 

Vero Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

A one-of-a-kind seabird center. There's nothing quite like it anywhere. It's fun-even for kids and adults. Lots to see and do. And the location is gives a terrific view. And the quaint, little town of North Berwick dis a 5 minute walk away.

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Puffin2000, Public Relations Manager at Scottish Seabird Centre, responded to this review

Hi there Thanks for this lovely five star review! Excellent to see you enjoyed your visit to the Centre and you had a nice time in North Berwick too. Your great feedback has been passed onto the team. Kind regards Laura More 

Saffron Walden, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015 via mobile

We took the one hour boat trip out to see the Gannet colony on Bass Rock. The catamaran was spacious and fairly stable, offering good views of the birds when around Bass Rock. However, unlike similar boat excursions we have been on, we got the impression that had something unexpected popped up, such as some dolphins, we would have missed... More 

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Puffin2000, Public Relations Manager at Scottish Seabird Centre, responded to this review

Hi there Thanks for this review and for taking the time to give your feedback on the Seabird Catamaran Cruise. We apologise if you felt the skipper was trying to get you back to the harbour as quickly as possible, as this certainly wasn't his intention. It would have been fabulous if you had spotted dolphins - there were quite... More 

Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

We had initially booked onto the catamaran cruise as the 3 island boat tour was full. Luckily for us there was an extra sailing due to popular demand and we got on to the 3 islands. Our tour guide, Gavin, was knowledgeable and enthusiastic. He answered all the groups questions and pointed out chicks and all the different birds on... More 

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Puffin2000, Public Relations Manager at Scottish Seabird Centre, responded to this review

Hi there Thanks for this brilliant five star review - Gavin is indeed excellent and delighted with this feedback. Thanks also for the recommendation. We hope you visit us again next time you are in the area. Kind regards Laura More 

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

We visited the Centre on a lovely sunny day. Lovely spot on the seafront, deck to sit out on for refreshments. There is a well stocked shop. We booked a 3 Island Boat Trip. Really enjoyed it, and had a chance to catch loads of birds on film!

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Puffin2000, Public Relations Manager at Scottish Seabird Centre, responded to this review

Hi Kate Thanks for visiting the Seabird Centre and for this lovely review. Great to see that you enjoyed all areas of the Centre. We hope that you pop back to see us again as you are only 30 minutes away. Kind regards Laura More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

We went on the recommendation of tripadvisor. It costs $40 for a family entry, and then you go downstairs into this small dark exhibit area. There are some remote-controlled cameras for looking at the birds out on the rocks, and then a bunch of small static displays that are claustrophobic and not very interesting. We were very disappointed and our... More 

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Puffin2000, Public Relations Manager at Scottish Seabird Centre, responded to this review

Hi there Thanks for visiting us and for taking the time to give your feedback. From your review it would perhaps appear that you didn't have the opportunity to visit all of the Discovery Centre as there is no mention of the Wildlife Theatre, soft play area, the Flyway Tunnel, Turtle & Ray Zone, 3D TV or the Kids' Corner.... More 

Perth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

After the gales at the weekend we ventured out on calm waters on a catamaran from the Seabird Centre in North Berwick. First of all we toured the Seabird Centre itself and found the staff friendly and knowledgeable. The exhibits were OK for non-birdie people. Unfortunately, because of some undisclosed happening we had to wait 30 minutes for our boat... More 

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Puffin2000, Public Relations Manager at Scottish Seabird Centre, responded to this review

Hi there Thanks for visiting the Scottish Seabird Centre and for this five star review. Apologies for the delay with your boat trip - unfortunately sea conditions can work against our best laid plans but great to see that you enjoyed seeing Craigleith and the world's largest Northern gannet colony, the Bass Rock. Your feedback has been passed on to... More 

Brighton, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

The Centre is excellent, with very friendly and helpful staff. It is easy to get to from Edinburgh Waverley Station - about half an hour to North Berwick and there is one train an hour. It's a short walk to the centre from the station (go via the High Street, which has a nice collection of shops and old houses).... More 

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Puffin2000, Public Relations Manager at Scottish Seabird Centre, responded to this review

Hi Heather This is a really brilliant review - thank you very much. It's always great to see visitors who make the most of their visit and appreciate the work that we do. The team are very happy with your feedback. Kind regards Laura More 

Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015 via mobile

On a nice day it's lovely to sit on the decking looking out to sea.....we have 2 labs and they are welcomed .....will def visit again

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Puffin2000, Public Relations Manager at Scottish Seabird Centre, responded to this review

Hi Lynne Thanks for visiting the Seabird Cafe - great to see that you enjoyed the stunning views from our seaside sun deck. Well behaved dogs are indeed welcome on the decking - and we will happily provide water bowls (and also some cuddles from staff members who are dog fans!). We will look forward to seeing you all again.... More 

NYC
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

We took the half-hour train ride from Edinburgh on a recent sunny, windy day to check out the puffins and gannets. The bird center is fantastic with live cameras set up on nearby islands that you can control (360-degree pan & zoom) to watch the birds in action. We also took a boat out to see the incredible gannet scene... More 

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Puffin2000, Public Relations Manager at Scottish Seabird Centre, responded to this review

Hi there Thanks for this excellent five star review. Brilliant to see that you popped out to see us from Edinburgh and that you made the most of your visit with time in the Discovery Centre and on a boat trip. You are correct - there are over 150,000 gannets on the Bass Rock, making it the world's largest Northern... More 

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Address: Address: The Harbour, North Berwick EH39 4SS, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 1620 890202
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  East Lothian  >  North Berwick
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

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