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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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10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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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Impresive boat trip to Bass Rock

We didn't have time to explore the exhibition but joined the seabird catamaran cruise which went round Craigleith and Bass Rock at around 4 p.m. on Friday. Puffins are gone now at... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

We didn't have time to explore the exhibition but joined the seabird catamaran cruise which went round Craigleith and Bass Rock at around 4 p.m. on Friday. Puffins are gone now at the end of August but we spotted a grey seal sunbathing on edge of Craigleith! Bass Rock was certainly highlight of the trip at this time of year.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Initially thought the entrance fee seemed quite expensive but this turned out to be a great place to spend some time. With the wrist band you can come back as many times as you like on that day. Educational and great fun for kids and adults alike. Lots of activities and a great play area for the kids. The staff... More 

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

Hi Julie Thank you for this lovely five star review of the Discovery Centre! Brilliant to see you made the most of being able to come and go all day with your admission tickets, and that you enjoyed all the interactive activities and displays. Your feedback has been passed onto the team and we hope to see you at the... More 

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

If you fancy a complete day out including a boat trip, porpoises, seals and wild flowers not to mention pies cakes and excellent Scottish fish and chips get aboard the N.B. to Anstruther ferry now in case it's pulled next year. We sailed at 9 a.m. passed Craigleith and the Bass Rock. Weather fine sea calm and at a good... More 

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

Hi Iain Thanks so much for taking the time to give your feedback on the Forth Ferry - and for this excellent five star review. Brilliant to see that you enjoyed the boat trip and had a lovely day out in Fife! We will be in touch soon with everyone who has booked the Forth Ferry to get further feedback,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

the sea bird centre is vey good for a family day trip. it is on the pricey side if you want to looking at the exhibition but is worth a look as you can have a look at real puffins on puffin island through a camera on the island and discover the history and heritage od north Berwick and interesting... More 

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

Hi Yasmin Thanks for visiting the Seabird Centre and for this recommendation. Great to see that you enjoyed time in the Discovery Centre. Please note, if you buy a joint ticket with the Seabird Island Cruise you get discounted entry and a discounted boat trip. We also offer discounted entry to those who travel by train. Great to see that... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Nice trip in catamaran very informative and helpful staff. A must for any bird watchers and non bird watchers lovely views of the islands and even seen a few seals.

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

Hi Chris Thanks for this five star review of your Seabird Catamaran Cruise experience - it is indeed brilliant for birders and non-birders alike! Your great feedback has been passed onto the team. Kind regards Laura More 

Frankfurt, Germany
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

I am an amateur photographer with an interest in seabirds. Hmm, Scottish seabird centre, sound like the jobbie for me. Don't waste your time. The driver of the boat needs to go down the coast to Seahouses and take some lessons from Billy Shiel and his boys. To get nice photos, you want a sensible modern DSLR, I happen to... More 

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

Hi Keith Thank you for booking a boat trip and for taking the time to give your feedback. We have also received your email, which I believe has been responded to. I have spoken with the boat operator who has advised that there was a very experienced skipper on board. The boat going up and down was a direct result... More 

Derby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Informative centre with the most helpful staff anyway. The place to learn about the amazing migrant seabird visitors to the area as well as the permanent residents. Remote control cameras on the islands of May and Bass Rock enable visitors to see at close up without causing disturbance to nesting sites and breeding. The boat trips are booked from here... More 

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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 and recommendation. Great to see that you enjoyed the interactive cameras in the Discovery Centre and that you appreciated our 'no disturbance to wildlife' policy. Your excellent feedback has been passed onto the team. All the best Laura More 

Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

great place to take the children on a stormy day and very educational . Carb shack round the corner had great mussells too pity about rides outside !

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

Hi there Thanks for visiting the Seabird Centre and for taking the time to give your feedback. The rides outside the Centre are not run by us and they do make a donation to our charity - however, we will certainly take your comments on board. We hope to see you next time you are in the area. Kind regards... More 

Scotland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Visited at the last minute on a whim with my two wee ones making a booking for the catamaran tour of Craigleith and the Bass Rock the previous night. Glad I did as when we arrived the next day the boat was sold out. The Seabird Centre is in itself quite small with not a huge amount to do but... More 

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

Hi there Thanks for this brilliant review - and for sharing your lovely photos. You may be pleased to know that the toilet is now fully operational again! Great to see that your last minute whim turned into a fun day for your family. If you would like to see puffins, April to mid July is the best time to... More 

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

We were lucky to go to North Berwick on a sunny August day. The view of the birds from the telescope and cameras at the centre was gorgeous. The staff working there were really helpful, guiding us to have a look at major seabirds on the Bass Rock and the Isle of May and explaining the behaviours of different seabirds.... More 

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

Hi there Thanks for visiting the Seabird Centre and for taking the time to give your feedback, which has been passed onto the team. As you are in Edinburgh we hope you pop back to see us again - there is different wildlife to see throughout the year and at different stages of the breeding season. And, we are only... More 

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