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“Isle of May”

Scottish Seabird Centre
Certificate of Excellence
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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, Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Stairs / elevator
Reviewed January 24, 2014

My sister and I did the Isle of May Photography Tour at the beginning of July 2013 with the Scottish Seabird Centre. We caught the 5am train in from Edinburgh where we were staying and it was definitely worth the trip. We saw thousands upon thousands of birds. We stopped by Bass Rock on the way which was totally awe inspiring with it's huge colony of gannets (watch your head though!). We took a zodiac ride there, good thing they gave us suits because everyone got soaked and it was a bumpy ride. The island itself is beautiful. We had to run through nesting terns that were dive bombing us, saw a few baby terns and cormorants, and at times had hundreds of puffins flying over us. The amount of birds we saw and how close we got to them was totally amazing. The tour guide took us to the best spots to see the birds and then just left people to their photography and bird watching, which we really appreciated. This trip was outstanding and we would both do it again in a heartbeat.

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Puffin2000, Public Relations Manager at Scottish Seabird Centre, responded to this reviewResponded April 28, 2014

Hi there

Thanks so much for this amazing five star review - it's just brilliant to hear of people having a fantastic time. The wildlife on the Isle of May is stunning and it's great that you were able to experience this first-hand.

Kind regards
Laura

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Reviewed December 20, 2013

We visited the Seabird centre in order to get out of the rain. Its a very educational charity, helping to protect local populations of sea birds. We had a chance to control CCTV to find animal on a nearby island, we fould a seal swimming about. It was fun to watch. There are also binoculars set up on a balcony that you can use. There is a well stocked gift shop too. When we visited, there was a photography competition which you could review the photos and vote for the winners of each category. Well worth a visit if you are in the area. A good day out and educational trip for the kids too!

Thank Dave W
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Puffin2000, Public Relations Manager at Scottish Seabird Centre, responded to this reviewResponded April 28, 2014

Hi Dave

Thanks for a lovely review and delighted that our 'rain cover' provided a great day out for your party!

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Laura

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Reviewed December 1, 2013

I wouldn't bother eating in the seabird centre as there are plenty of nicer places to get things in north berwick, the quality of the food in here is very poor and also overpriced for what you get, seabird centre is worth a visit but plan to have a meal somewhere else.
Although you have to pay to go through the seabird exhibit you can go into the canteen free, it's upto you whether you do.

Thank Alan185
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Puffin2000, General Manager at Scottish Seabird Centre, responded to this reviewResponded December 3, 2013

We were disappointed to read your recent comments following your visit seven months ago. As can be seen from other reviews, our Seabird Cafe has been regularly acclaimed since you visited. The quality of the food and the level of service delivered by our experienced staff have been highlighted. We serve a varied menu, imaginatively presented and freshly prepared using the finest produce sourced from local suppliers wherever possible in order to support the local economy and reduce food miles. We serve fresh North Berwick lobster and other fresh local seafood and fish when in season. We also offer a special children’s menu plus specially priced options for senior citizens. Our prices are very competitive, particularly in relation to the quality of the food and service we provide. Income from the café supports the work of this conservation and education charity.

We receive regular feedback from customers that there are few attractions that can boast a cafe which can match the Seabird Café. There can be fewer still which can equal the setting with stunning views over the Firth of Forth and the Bass Rock from both the Cafe and from our popular outside deck overlooking the beach. We would welcome specific feedback on your experience at the Cafe and would be pleased to receive your comments by email on info@seabird.org

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Reviewed November 27, 2013

Living locally we can take advantage of viewing seabirds and particularly the thousands of gannets on the Bass Rock. See puffins in July on the the islands, seals in November and lots of other birds like cormorants. On a wet day there are lots of things to sea,special exhibitions,film shows, tanks with live small fish and often there are things laid on for young children to do especially in school holiday time and the weekend. Well stocked shop and also a good indoor cafe with reasonably priced food, also an outdoor deck if weather permits overlooking the Forth

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Puffin2000, Public Relations Manager at Scottish Seabird Centre, responded to this reviewResponded April 28, 2014

Hi Margaret

Thanks for this great five star review - it is always fantastic to hear about local people making the most of the Centre. We hope to see you lots over the coming months.

Kind regards
Laura

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Reviewed November 25, 2013

Walk through the Flyway from the Discovery Centre and emerge into the new Turtle and Ray Zone: brainchild of Events and Exhibitions Manager, Helen Jones who has been instrumental in the design of The Scottish Seabird Centre at The Harbour, North Berwick's newest feature. Once inside, you are immediately immersed in a subterranea where rays shimmy and glide before your eyes, tempting you into their underwater world. Helen Jones said smiling: "I ate, breathed and slept the new zone" it is clear that while stage fright may have gripped her at its launch, this is the personal culmination of her recently awarded sustainable tourism masters degree; and has brought its own reward to the Scottish Seabird Centre. Turtles and Rays offer a fascinating insight into these marines and mean an exciting development to this coastal Environmental Trust.

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Puffin2000, Public Relations Manager at Scottish Seabird Centre, responded to this reviewResponded April 28, 2014

Hi Denyse

Thanks for this brilliant five star review.
Great to see that you like our new zone - we are looking at ways in which we can make it even more interactive, so if you have any thoughts do let us know!

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Laura

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