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Scottish Seabird Centre

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Closed until end April for refurb so should be even better when it re-opens! It has always been a... read more

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Nice cafe and staff overall good place to vist but is expensive if you have a family. Boat... read more

Reviewed January 15, 2019
Andrew D
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The Scottish Seabird Centre is currently closed for refurbishment. We will re-open in April 2019 and look forward to welcoming you then. Enjoy great days out at the seaside with the five star Scottish Seabird Centre, North Berwick. In the Discovery...more
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
The Harbour, North Berwick EH39 4SS, Scotland
+44 1620 890202
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Closed until end April for refurb so should be even better when it re-opens! It has always been a very popular attraction in NB and we look forward to it opening. It has a nice cafe and is dog friendly and being right on the...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Puffin2000, Marketing Manager at Scottish Seabird Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi there, Thanks for the lovely review :-). We're planning to be open early April so hope you can make it back then. Many thanks, Jess

Reviewed January 15, 2019 via mobile

Nice cafe and staff overall good place to vist but is expensive if you have a family. Boat excursion are good but as say expensive. If on a tight budget best to avoid

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Andrew D
Reviewed January 15, 2019

Visited In January With a Discount Voucher,Great to be free from the crowds, but some exhibits where tired/worn or not working & the whole place could do with a bit of energy injecting.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank john s
Reviewed January 6, 2019 via mobile

We went into the seabird centre for something to eat. We didn't go into the centre. There's a small shop as you go in and then the cafe. It was extremely busy but luckily we managed to get a table by the window with a...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed December 29, 2018 via mobile

A really nice building. It has an excellent gift shop. It has great views of bass rock. It’s very expensive too.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed December 29, 2018 via mobile

We visited here today. Very informative. Well laid out site. Friendly staff. A well stocked gift shop and cafe

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed November 3, 2018 via mobile

Interesting place on the cliff edge, nice location and view. We had a group on coupon and we enjoyed the visit. Nice view from the live cameras all around and on the Bass rock, where loads of birds nest. Interesting especially for kids. Lovely day,...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed October 31, 2018

First class visit so detailed we loved it The staff were very pleasant and helpful Thank you Tea and biscuits first class

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank nancyandbrian5
Reviewed October 29, 2018

Visited in September just gone now and i have to point out that the scenery alone is jaw dropping. The centre is located on a cliff edge with a beautiful outdoor eating area as well as tons of goodies to take home with you in...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank danielwK5148IL
Reviewed October 24, 2018 via mobile

We visited with preschool twins and an elderly grandparent. Plenty to do for everyone and lovely accommodating staff. Wonderful!

Date of experience: October 2018
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Robin S
August 8, 2018|
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Response from turnip48 | Reviewed this property |
There are puffins on Craigleith Island and loads of puffins bobbing about on the sea off N Berwick
July 9, 2018|
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Response from 720chrisn | Reviewed this property |
Hi, yes lots of them. Some on the island, others flying and in the sea. The odd one had a mouthful of fish. Wonderful to see!
February 10, 2018|
Response from Maisie1981 | Reviewed this property |
Yes definitely!
Travel Forum Posts
Rough Draft Itinerary - First Visit to Scotland (12 Replies)
Hello, I’ve got a very rough draft of my itinerary for the first trip to Scotland for my husband and I. We are thinking of visiting in mid to late September. It seems like a pretty packed itinerary to me and I’m not sure if I should cut something out or maybe change modes of transportation between places. I was trying to plan for a 10 night trip but I’m at about 14 nights at this point which we may or may not be able to do. My itinerary is for 12 nights but I’d like to add 1 or two...More
February 15, 2017|
Response fromMooreUSA|
Your inclination that this schedule is too packed is true. Sheer madness actually. Day 4 is a good 7-8 hours worth of driving (remember to add about 20% to whatever Google Maps tells you) before factoring in any time to actually visit any of those places. You really gotta cut some of that stuff out. Lewis and Skye: You are doing a drive-by of both. I'd choose your favorite and really do it (give it a couple days). If you want to conserve time, choose Skye. It also happens to be an...More
Shannon B
Calgary, Canada
Scottish Seabird centre (2 Replies)
I have booked couple hour tour at the Scottish Seabird Centre and was just wondering if anyone knew if there is public transit I can take to get there from Edinburgh or will I just need to take a taxi, or rent a car for the day ?
April 30, 2015|
Response from3nations_family|
Train is the easiest and it is about a 15 minute walk through the town to the beach from here.
London, United Kingdom
Edinburgh to Anstruther, then Isle of May to see puffins (10 Replies)
I'm planning a day trip from Edinburgh to Anstruther (and from there, a ferry trip to the Isle of May to see puffins) on Saturday 26 June, but won't have a car. My questions are: 1. Do I catch the X60 bus from Edinburgh (where from?) to Anstruther harbour? 2. ...and if yes, how much does it cost return per adult? (what type of bus ticket should I get?) 3. ...or is there a faster/better way to get from Edinburgh to Anstruther? 4. ...or is there an easier way to see puffins from Edinburgh -...More
June 13, 2010|
Response fromMalcolm42|
Visit the Scottish seabird centre site -www.seabird.org-where you can book a boat trip from there to isle of may and back .the centre is at North berwick -30 minute train ride from Edinburgh waverley -station is opposite side of North berwick from seabird centre but shuttle bus runs if you dont want the 10 min walk-can also be reached by 124/x5 first scotland bus from Princes Street Anstruther is lovely but a pain to get to by public transport and North berwick has good beach shops and...More