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Scottish Seabird Centre
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase, Stairs / elevator, Activities for older children, Activities for young children
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“Rip off”
Reviewed September 17, 2013

What a waste of money! For £8.95 you get some stuffed birds, a few interactive displays which don't work and some rude members of staff. Don't be fooled by the name the only birds you get to see are of the soft toy variety. It costs £22 to go on a boat which seemed insulting after the debasing experience we had. Avoid, avoid, avoid.

Visited September 2013
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Puffin2000, Manager at Scottish Seabird Centre, responded to this review, October 7, 2013
The Centre allows visitors to use the latest technology to zoom in on seabirds and other amazing local wildlife in their natural habitat without disturbing them. Using our interactive remote viewing cameras, visitors can see wildlife close up. As a conservation and education charity, we focus on sustainable wildlife watching. It is our policy not to keep live seabirds within the Centre. We are a five star visitor attraction and all our volunteers and staff are trained and are committed to delivering excellent customer care for our visitors. We would be keen to hear any specific feedback on your visit and would be delighted to hear from you on info@seabird.org It is unfortunate that you did not take the opportunity to try one of our popular Seabird Cruises to experience the world’s largest single island gannet colony on the Bass Rock (full adult price: £16).
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Basildon, United Kingdom
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40 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed September 13, 2013

This little building is full of surprises - cafe with good hot & cold food at very reasonable prices. Go out onto the verandah and view Bass Rock and watch the birds on the water. Gift shop full of unusual and useable gifts. Or go into the experience to see the birds in their daily life or take a boat trip....you often see seals in the water and Bass Rock and Craigleith are fascinating.

Visited September 2013
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Hawick, Scotland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Always interesting”
Reviewed September 13, 2013

A great place to visit with grandchildren. The downstairs area often has craft activities, there are interactive areas, the cameras are fascinating all year round and the cafe has a wide range of reasonably priced food, and is child friendly. Nice things in the gift shop too. Our membership has been well worth it as we make a lot of visits now.

Visited September 2013
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Chatham, Massachusetts
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128 reviews
55 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
“Trip to Bass Rock (North Berwick, UK)”
Reviewed September 12, 2013

Bass Rock, small island located off North Berwick, about an hour drive outside Edinburgh, is a magnificent "must see" for any bird lover. During the early summer, it's home to an enormous gannet colony. You'll also see puffins, razorbills, gillemots, fulmars, and a variety of other shore birds. You can take a guided boat ride out to Bass Rock and can probably find out about the tours available through the Scottish Seabird Centre in North Berwick -- assuming they don't offer a tour themselves.

Visited July 2013
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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113 reviews
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“Amazing Boat Trip to Craigleith and Bass Rock”
Reviewed September 10, 2013

I have visited the Scottish Seabird Centre a couple of times and although there is plenty to do, especially if you like sea birds, the most thrilling thing was the boat trip on the Seafari Explorer out to the islands of Craigleith and the Bass Rock. I had thought that I might be a bit bored but the boat trip itself was really good fun, not only for me, but for my young son. The sight of all those gannets on the Bass Rock was spectacular, with them swooping and circling overhead. We saw a few of the young birds without flight feathers and although the smell from the island was pretty horrible it was not as bad as I had thought. After seeing the Bass Rock from shore for so many years it was nice to see it close up.
I also have to give the café a thumbs up, especially Helen, who serves the most delicious light lunches and snacks in a relaxed friendly atmosphere.
I would recommend the boat trip to anyone planning to visit this attraction but better to book in advance as they can sell out.

Visited September 2013
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