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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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A mist for every bird lover

Do so love this place. it has a great giftshop selling all kinds of bird related gifts. It has a... read more

Reviewed September 12, 2016
Cora B
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Scherpenzeel, The Netherlands
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Fantastic day out

We ate at the cafe. You get 10% off if you book to go the boat. On the catamaran we saw Dolphins... read more

Reviewed September 10, 2016
Shuddhanandi
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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.
  • Excellent59%
  • Very good28%
  • Average8%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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“boat trip” (82 reviews)
“live cameras” (38 reviews)
“bass rock” (244 reviews)
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The Harbour, North Berwick EH39 4SS, Scotland
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+44 1620 890202
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Reviewed September 12, 2016 via mobile

Do so love this place. it has a great giftshop selling all kinds of bird related gifts. It has a lovely cafe, serving meals, souls, sandwiches and delicious cakes. They have a deck overlooking the coast. The main attraction is a visit to the centre...More

Thank Cora B
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Puffin2000, Public Relations Manager at Scottish Seabird Centre, responded to this reviewResponded September 16, 2016

Hi Cora Thank you for this excellent 5 star review. It is great to read that you enjoyed every part of your visit and each element of the experience. Your fantastic feedback has been shared with the team. Kindest regards Laura

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Reviewed September 10, 2016 via mobile

We ate at the cafe. You get 10% off if you book to go the boat. On the catamaran we saw Dolphins, Gannets, Grey seal and much more besides. If your in the area, an unmissable experience. It's worth researching the best times to go...More

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Puffin2000, Public Relations Manager at Scottish Seabird Centre, responded to this reviewResponded September 12, 2016

Hi there Thanks for this fantastic review and your great recommendations! You are correct - there's different wildlife to see throughout the year and at different stages of the breeding season, so ideal to check out the wildlife calendar on our website or give us...More

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Reviewed September 6, 2016 via mobile

Telescopes are amazing, great information and lovely staff. Adopting a sea animal gives you a fee pass as a family and my daughter was overjoyed at her new fluffy seal pup. Lovely food in the cafe too!More

Thank Kath G
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Puffin2000, Public Relations Manager at Scottish Seabird Centre, responded to this reviewResponded September 7, 2016

Hi Kath Thanks for this lovely 5 star review, which has been shared with team. Great to see that you adopted a seal - and you are correct, you get free entry to the Discovery Centre with a wildlife adoption! We hope to see you...More

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Reviewed September 6, 2016 via mobile

We visit North Berwick quite a few times and the Seabird centre is great place with lovely food and good service. If you are lucky enough to get good weather sitting outside overlooking the sea is fantastic..More

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Puffin2000, Public Relations Manager at Scottish Seabird Centre, responded to this reviewResponded September 7, 2016

Hi Lister Thanks for visiting the Seabird Centre and for taking the time to write this review. We agree - the views from the Seabird Cafe are fantastic and it's great to sit out on the decking when the weather is nice. It's also nice...More

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Reviewed September 3, 2016 via mobile

Only popped in to meet a friend. I had the cajun chicken nachos which were amazing I was really surprise for a small cafe. Went on a very busy day and the girl behind the counter really knew how to work under pressure, and her...More

Thank Kerry F
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Puffin2000, Public Relations Manager at Scottish Seabird Centre, responded to this reviewResponded September 7, 2016

Hi Kerry Thanks for this great review of the Seabird Cafe, which has been shared with the team. We hope you visit us again to enjoy the lovely views, great service and yummy food. Kind regards Laura

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Reviewed September 3, 2016

We had previously visited the Seabird Centre, but the weather wasn't good, and we didn't do the trip to Bass Rock. This time the weather was perfect and the trip to Craigleith and Bass Rock was absolutely spectacular! The guide was knowledgeable and entertaining. Although...More

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Puffin2000, Public Relations Manager at Scottish Seabird Centre, responded to this reviewResponded September 7, 2016

Hi Morag Thanks for this excellent review of the Seabird Catamaran Cruise. Sorry you missed the puffins - generally they are on the islands from May to late July/ early August. The Isle of May trips are also great for puffin spotting, if you are...More

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Reviewed September 2, 2016

My wife doesn't like boats and so when pre-booking I was unsure whether she would come on a boat trip around Bass Rock but I thought she would enjoy the centre. I therefore picked the joint centre plus catamaran tickets which attracted a reduction. However...More

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Puffin2000, Public Relations Manager at Scottish Seabird Centre, responded to this reviewResponded September 7, 2016

Hi David Thanks for this excellent review and for sharing your photos. You visited on a great day when the tall ship was capturing everyone's attention! Your fantastic comments have been shared with the team. Kind regards Laura

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Reviewed August 31, 2016

We popped in by accident and were not disappointed with our coffeeor the spectacular views of Bass Rock A must visit if you have some down time when visiting North Berwick

Thank L0rrie56
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Puffin2000, Public Relations Manager at Scottish Seabird Centre, responded to this reviewResponded September 7, 2016

Hi Lorrie Thanks for this lovely review and recommendation. We agree - the views are spectacular! All the best Laura

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Reviewed August 28, 2016

I am not a twitcher, but have a casual interest. I had a couple of hours spare so went to the centre. It was very informative, and, like the tardis, is much bigger inside than out. There are a bank of live broadcast screens from...More

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Puffin2000, Public Relations Manager at Scottish Seabird Centre, responded to this reviewResponded September 7, 2016

Hi there So glad you enjoyed your visit to the Discovery Centre - thanks for taking the time to write this review, which has been shared with the team. We hope you enjoyed the rest of your holiday in the area. Kind regards Laura

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Reviewed August 27, 2016

We always visit when in North Berwick. The Centre is both educational and hugely interesting (the two don't always go together). In particular, we enjoy watching the 'live footage' from the Isle of May, which, living in Cellardyke, Fife, my wife visit quite frequently. We...More

Thank Stuart K
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Puffin2000, Public Relations Manager at Scottish Seabird Centre, responded to this reviewResponded September 7, 2016

Hi Stuart Thanks for this great review. Brilliant to see that you enjoyed time in the Discovery Centre and on the Forth Ferry. Your comments have been shared with the team. We hope to see you next time you are in North Berwick. Kind regards...More

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LammiM
February 10, 2018|
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Response from Puffin2000 | Property representative |
Hi, just picked up on this; great replies from James, rockchick and Mary, thanks guys! There's loads to do - cameras to control, arty activites, 3D films, films in the theatre, quiet book corner for when some down time is... More
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grandeet
January 17, 2018|
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Response from Puffin2000 | Property representative |
Hello, the puffins will return during April and will nest on the Isle of May and Craigleith. They will be here until July. There are approximately 55,000 puffins nesting at this time, in the Firth of Forth. Kind... More
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