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Scottish Seabird Centre

The Harbour, North Berwick EH39 4SS, Scotland
+44 1620 890202
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Owner description: Keep your flock happy in every weather at the multi-award winning Scottish Seabird Centre, East Lothian. Only 30 minutes from Edinburgh and perched... more » Owner description: Keep your flock happy in every weather at the multi-award winning Scottish Seabird Centre, East Lothian. Only 30 minutes from Edinburgh and perched on a rocky outcrop overlooking the islands of the Firth of Forth and the sandy beaches of North Berwick, the Seabird Centre offers something for all ages, come rain or shine. A world-leader in remote wildlife viewing, in the five star Discovery Centre visitors can control interactive live cameras to zoom in on the wildlife action on the world-famous Bass Rock, Isle of May National Nature Reserve, Craigleith, Fidra and also Dunbar harbour. This enables visitors to see wildlife in their natural habitat, without disturbing them in any way. There's different wildlife to see throughout the year, as well as the different stages of the breeding season. See gannets, puffins, razorbills, guillemots, cormorants, shags, seals and more! Open year-round, there's the chance to uncover more in the Wildlife Theatre which shows nature films; the Flyway Tunnel with explores the dangers of migration; the Turtle and Ray Zone focuses on these amazing underwater creatures; and in the Scope Deck you can further investigate the wider marine environment. Seasonal boat trips run from Easter to October (weather dependent) and there are a range of trips including a 55-seat, custom-built catamaran and RIBs (rigid inflatable boats). They also offer the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to land on the Bass Rock, which is ideal for nature and photography enthusiasts. There's the chance to unwind in the Seabird Cafe which is full of locally-sourced produce and on warmer days sit out on East Lothian's only sun deck. The gift shop also stocks items from local artists and craftspeople, so you can take away mementoes from your visit. « less
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Stairs / elevator, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities
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Linlithgow
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

Enjoyed this very much particularly the remotely-operated cameras. Learnt about tree mallow & its adverse effect on puffins nesting & breeding.

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Inverness, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Really looked forward to visiting the seabird centre but was very disappointed. It was quite expensive to get in. The staff were very friendly however only knew about their, " scripted" information. During one of the talks I asked a simple question which the staff member giving the talk did not know the answer to. Quite a number of the... 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 we are sorry that your visit wasn't what you expected. It would be great to get more specific detail about your experience as we pride ourselves on being great value for money and providing a five star experience - as well as being a conservation and education charity. Please feel free... More

Falkirk, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Lucky we had a nice sunny day for the trip. It was very good all round with plenty of information and time to give questions as well. Bass Rock is very famous: this is copy of Wikipedia: The island plays host to more than 150,000 Gannets and is the largest single rock gannetry in the world, described famously by Sir... More

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

Hi Peter Thanks for this five star review and for sharing your brilliant images of the Bass Rock. You are correct - there are 150,000 gannets at the peak of the season, making it the biggest single island gannet colony in the world. We hope that you visit us again next time you are in the area. Kind regards Laura More

North Berwick, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

The Scottish Seabird Centre is an exciting place to visit for all ages. You can pop along for a lovely cup of tea/coffee and a cake and take in the amazing views over the sea to the Bass Rock or have a look around the centre with its many interesting exhibits. I would recommend looking through the telescopes over the... 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 and recommendation. You are indeed correct - North Berwick is beautiful! We hope to see you at the Centre soon. Kind regards Laura More

Coylton, Scotland, United Kingdom
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

I'm not really a fan of our seagulls but this visit, instigated by my ornithologistic mate, surprised me. So many types of seabirds, great Web cams set up on the neighbouring islands that you can control. Magic binoculars and telescopes far better than I've tried at other times. Informative films and staff and even a small rock pool feeding session.... More

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

Hi Angela Thanks for this lovely 5 star review. You have hit the nail on the head - you don't have to be an avid seabird fan to have a brilliant time at the Scottish Seabird Centre! Great to see that you enjoyed using the interactive live cameras and the other equipment, plus the talks and films. We hope that... More

Evesham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Lovely place to sit and while an hour or two on the deck. Obviously you would have to have the weather.

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

Hi Mirren Thanks for this five star review of the Seabird Cafe - it is lovely sitting out on the decking overlooking the Firth of Forth. It is also great sitting inside, looking out onto stormy weather! Hope you visit us again if you are back in the area. Kind regards Laura More

Dolphinton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Loved it! Great day out for all ages. Informative & fun. Great views along the coast & over to bass rock.

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

Hi Angie Thanks for this five star review and delighted that you loved your visit! Kind regards Laura More

Doon Sooth, Norwich
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

We went on this trip to see the gannets on the Bass rock as a rounding off to our holiday and we were looking forward to it. However, it was far better that we'd thought. Sadly, we can't remember our young guide's name but she was excellent. We have some knowledge of wildlife but it was great to hear her... More

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

Hi there Thanks so much for this brilliant review of the boat trip - we love your photos, thanks for sharing these. Your comments have been passed onto the team. We love the gannets too! Kind regards Laura More

Basildon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

I have often visited the cafe and shop - good food and lots of choices in the shop! However I hadn't been down to the Discovery Centre before ....it is brilliant the views from the cameras are very good, plenty of things to hold the attention of children ( and adults) Andy spent ages telling us all about the creatures... More

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

Hi Lynne Thanks so much for your five star review (and the email you sent too) - Andy is delighted to have had this feedback. We pride ourselves on having an excellent team, so it is brilliant to have this recognised. We hope you visit again if you are back in the area. Kind regards Laura More

Manchester, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

We discovered the Scottish Seabird Centre after looking for a place to have coffee on a very windy Scottish August day. (The coffee was good and the cake amazing by the way). After a welcome warm overlooking the magnificent Bass Rock went to see how much a boat trip was. Unfortunately for that day all trip were cancelled due to... More

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

Hi Elaine Thanks so much for this brilliant, and very detailed, review of your Seabird Cruise trip. Excellent to see that you and your family had such a great time. You are correct - the Bass Rock and the gannets are beyond belief! Your feedback has been passed onto the team. All the best Laura More

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