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The Scottish SEA LIFE Sanctuary

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Barcaldine, Oban PA37 1SE, Scotland
+44 1631 720386
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Scott mcgill

Unfortunately the seals were away on holiday when we visited due to upgrade to the sanctuary, still... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
scottymcgill
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Bit disappointing

On a very wet misty day we decided to take the toddler and 6 month old to the sea life sanctuary... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
CMiller87
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Join us for a great family day out in the stunning surroundings of Loch Creran. Visit the Scottish SEA LIFE Sanctuary, home to a spectacular aquarium as well as Scotland's leading Seal Hospital. Journey through over 50 marine displays and get up close to majestic sharks, graceful rays and enchanting seahorses. Meet our adorable seals and hear the touching stories behind their rescues or visit our playful otters. Look out for rare red squirrels and other local wildlife as you explore our Nutkins Nature Trail or have an adventure in our Forest Adventure Play Area. Afterwards, take a well-deserved rest in our Shoreline Coffee Shop and soak up the best views of Loch Creran. With fun talks and feeding displays as well as so much to see and do, there's plenty for the whole family to enjoy whatever the weather!
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Unfortunately the seals were away on holiday when we visited due to upgrade to the sanctuary, still a really interesting place to visit for in an insight into Scottish aquatic wildlife

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

On a very wet misty day we decided to take the toddler and 6 month old to the sea life sanctuary. There is a great looking outdoor wooden playpark (didn’t use as too wet). Unfortunately the seals (which were our main reason for going) were...More

Thank CMiller87
Kathryn A, General Manager at The Scottish SEA LIFE Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for your review. As you mentioned our seals are away while we complete some much needed work to their pools, you should have received complimentary tickets to come back and visit for free when all the work is completed and the seals are back...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Nice little animal sanctuary that is currently under refurbishment for the seals. Cafe us also not used during winter but items to munch in can be bought from the gift shop. We arrived after the rain so the forrest walk was MOIST. Exhibits were very...More

Thank Elliot M
Kathryn A, General Manager at The Scottish SEA LIFE Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks for your review, I am pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit even those the seals are away of their holiday whilst we renovate their enclosure. Its great top hear that you thought the exhibits were informative and well laid out. We do...More

Reviewed November 2, 2017 via mobile

This proved to be a really good way to spend a couple of hours. It’s a good way to spend time on a wet day too! Fish, otters and seals all very interesting.

Thank DWatson79
Kathryn A, General Manager at The Scottish SEA LIFE Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks for your review, I am pleased to hear that the Sanctuary is a great place to spend a couple of hours especially during wet weather. I do hope that you visit us again in the future.

Reviewed October 30, 2017

We managed to see the touch pool demonstration which was very informative and enjoyable, we were impressed with the friendly staff, animal enclosures and the Aquarium section. Beautiful location right on the Loch, Coffee shop was reasonable and lovely views for relaxing. Great place and...More

Thank Hayley21x
Kathryn A, General Manager at The Scottish SEA LIFE Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks for your lovely 5 star review, it is great to hear that you really enjoyed your visit and that you would recommend us for a future visit. I do hope that you visit us again when you are next in the area.

Reviewed October 27, 2017

Arrived to see the seals asked the girl in the shop the price and what was there - you couldn't get a more uninterested and couldn't care less member of staff if you tried!!!! Turned around and leftMore

Thank vin2308
Kathryn A, General Manager at The Scottish SEA LIFE Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded October 30, 2017

Thanks for your review - I am sorry to hear that you felt that the staff member you spoke to appeared uninterested. We do pride ourselves in excellent customer service and we do receive many compliments on the level of service that we provide. We...More

Reviewed October 26, 2017 via mobile

Late season and the weather cannot be helped, but all a bit grey and wet for our visit. Still well worth going though and we had lunch there with a fab view. Animals look well looked after and the exhibition inside was also good.More

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Kathryn A, General Manager at The Scottish SEA LIFE Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded October 27, 2017

Thanks for your review. Apologies the weather wasn't great on your recent visit, but we are pleased to hear that you managed to make the most of your visit and enjoyed your time. I will pass on your feedback to the animal care team with...More

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Reviewed October 25, 2017 via mobile

A bit on small side tour guides talked about the fish and feeding the otter Lewis who stolen the show a feeding time . But we enjoyed our visit Simon. P

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Kathryn A, General Manager at The Scottish SEA LIFE Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded October 27, 2017

Thanks for your 5 star review - I'm glad to hear that our Ents staff enhanced your visit by talking about the creatures in particular Lewis the otter. I do hope that you visit us again in the future.

Reviewed October 17, 2017

This is worth a visit if in the area, it's small but very nice. The location is beautiful, next to Loch Creran. We visited at the end of the day and were lucky to have one of the staff show us around and introduce us...More

Thank Ali S
Kathryn A, General Manager at The Scottish SEA LIFE Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded October 18, 2017

Thanks for you great review, I am pleased to hear that our staff were helpful, knowledgeable and able to enhance your visit. We do work very hard on the rescue, rehabilitation and release of stranded seal pups and only last week successfully released two seal...More

Reviewed October 16, 2017 via mobile

As i understand you can pay once and visit all week. My advice is check the timetables. We arrived just before dinner. We walked round the whole spot and spent a time in the nice little cafe. The Otter feed (main reason we visited) wasnt...More

Thank Ryan W
Kathryn A, General Manager at The Scottish SEA LIFE Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded October 18, 2017

Thanks for your review, I am glad to see that you enjoyed seeing the creatures up close. It's unfortunate that you did have to wait to see the otter feed as we are only able to feed the otter twice daily, we do have to...More

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Fiona G
August 20, 2017|
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Response from Kathryn A | Property representative |
Hi, we have an accessible route for people with limited mobility around the Sanctuary, just ask for the map at admissions. Please be aware that due to the outdoor nature of the Sanctuary some areas of the pathways may be... More
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Ryanm63
June 9, 2016|
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Response from Kathryn A | Property representative |
Hi, No unfortunately we do not allow dogs into the Sanctuary as they can upset our animals. Kind regards
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Kirsty M
February 15, 2016|
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Response from Chrisie T | Reviewed this property |
They do feed the otters at a particular time. I think they were just finishing feeding as I came into the sanctuary. Worth finding out frim the centre as to times for that, if you plan on going.
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