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Scottish Seabird Centre

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The Harbour, North Berwick EH39 4SS, Scotland
+44 1620 890202
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Excellent location and potentially great way to see the seabirds

In the past I have been in the centre to view the birds from the controllable web cams on the local... read more

Reviewed yesterday
DavidMay1945
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Montrose, United Kingdom
Good way to view local bird colonies

Fabulous telescopes pointing to the gannet colony on Bass Rock with controllable webcams on local... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
301lisa33
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Coventry, United Kingdom
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Enjoy great days out at the seaside with the five star Scottish Seabird Centre, North Berwick. In the Discovery Centre control the interactive live cameras to zoom in on the amazing local wildlife on the Firth of Forth islands including puffins, gannets and seals. The Bass Rock is the world’s largest Northern gannet colony and BBC Countryfile Magazine’s Nature Reserve of the Year and the Isle of May is the biggest puffin colony on the east coast of Britain. There’s different wildlife to see throughout the year and at different stages of the breeding season. Visitors can enjoy expert talks, 3D TV, fish tanks, Flyway Tunnel, Wildlife Theatre, Turtle and Ray Zone and a Scope Deck. There is also a Gift Shop, the Seabird Cafe which has East Lothian’s only seaside sundeck, plus a range of seasonal boat trips. The Scottish Seabird Centre is open all year – only closed on Christmas Day.
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  • Average8%
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“boat trip” (89 reviews)
“live cameras” (39 reviews)
“bass rock” (263 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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The Harbour, North Berwick EH39 4SS, Scotland
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+44 1620 890202
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Reviewed yesterday

In the past I have been in the centre to view the birds from the controllable web cams on the local islands. Today I went on an organised boat trip and saw the seabirds close up and despite the rain it was amazing. There is...More

Thank DavidMay1945
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Fabulous telescopes pointing to the gannet colony on Bass Rock with controllable webcams on local islands giving excellent views of shags, gannets, puffins etc. There is a cafe and shop too. Boat trips are available but these need to be pre-booked maybe days ahead. A...More

Thank 301lisa33
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We are Members and used to love this place. However, it definitely needs an injection of something new. The cameras were mostly not working which is the main focus of the visit!! Cafe staff were poor and food average. A stale bread roll isn’t very...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

The main focus of the Scottish seabird centre is the live cameras, some of which were out of operation on our visit and some of the ones showing live feed had lenses which were dirty / unclear. I understand this is the nature of technology...More

Thank Trax362015
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Surprisingly exciting to control the cameras and watch the birds on the islands in the Bay. We spent longer than anticipated and thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Expensive and not very interesting, particularly for children. Staff need to have more banter and a sense of humour. Boat trips cost a lot more than the old Sula (which still runs) and the only extra you receive is a 'water proof' suit! Didn't work...More

Thank Diane O
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A great place to visit, wonderful to see all the great birds on the Bass Rock, Fidra and Craigleith, staff are very knowledgeable and very friendly, definitely worth a visit and becoming a member is great, then a visit to the cafe, first class again,...More

Thank _briancmurphy24
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We took the sea bird catamaran trip which takes you out to two of the islands to view the different sea birds located there. The trip was really well organised, was informative and was great fun. The tickets were quite expensive but all in all...More

Thank braz16
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Center teams with art work, and local souvenirs! We did the tours and enjoyed every minute of it!

Thank iamgateway
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Although we’d booked a rib cruise, there were insufficient other customers so the rib was cancelled. We opted to change to the catamaran cruise and the centre provided a suitable refund without even needing to ask. The cruise was interesting and insightful, the staff were...More

Thank LiamRoberts
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Robin S
August 8, 2018|
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Response from ngriffith32655 | Reviewed this property |
I honestly don’t know. May I suggest researching when they are in their breeding season and when is the best time to see them. There are other Isles as well.
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Kelly S
July 9, 2018|
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Response from Chris N | 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!
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