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“Since 1993 continual development.”
Review of Aros Centre

Aros Centre
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Aros is a popular visitor attraction and community cultural centre offering exhibition, cinema, live music, comedy, dance, drama, theatre, galleries and workshops. With a family friendly restaurant, gift shop and children's play areas. Our current exhibition is about St Kilda. Remote, spectacular and one of only a few places in the world with Dual World Heritage Status for both its natural and cultural significance, St Kilda is an isolated archipelago of volcanic islands. The exhibition offers a virtual perspective of this remote archipelago which tells the dramatic story of a remarkable people and their life style. The interactive exhibition provides the opportunity to virtually visit the remotest part of the British Isles and includes an interactive walk around Hirta.
Useful Information: Stairs / elevator, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Activities for young children
Portree, United Kingdom
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90 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Since 1993 continual development.”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

Aros started out as a wet weather visitor centre with an audio visual museum and honest value restaurant. It promised a cultural experience and promoted the Islands history end in particular gaelic heritage. Expanded considerably in 1998 to include a first class theatre/cinema it continued to offer something for All tastes. Today it still offers good theatre, a modern and somewhat unique small cinema, opportunity to learn about the sea eagle in conjunction with the RSPB and a fast food restaurant offering good value. The heritage aspect of the original venture has been now completely taken over by a commercial need to sell through its shop a variety of gifts and greetings cards, clothes, kitchen ware. It is not what it was but has had to adapt to survive in a competitive tourist environment. Book fairs are annually held, ad are music workshops.

Visited June 2013
Thank Tim M
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Portree, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Aros - great food, excellent staff!”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

Although we haven't taken in the sea eagle exhibition we have noted many who have done so and seemed to very much enjoy it.

However, having eaten in the Aros restaurant many times since it first opened, we can say categorically that the food is well prepared, reasonably priced and, most importantly, served by very pleasant and efficient staff. In addition, for those with young children, there is a 'ball pool' facility - a boon when the weather is a wee bit on the wet side!

I sometimes feel that a few critics expect the Ritz at takeaway prices. Aros does what it says on the tin - it provides honest, wholesome food at sensible prices served in a cheery convivial atmosphere. Just what the ordinary, happy-to-be-on-holiday family wants. If you want the best, try The Three Chimneys. But make sure you take your chequebook.

Visited July 2013
Thank dickandjune
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Isle of Skye, United Kingdom
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51 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Dont rush back.”
Reviewed July 27, 2013

Family visit to Aros centre with grandchild to pass the time and have a lunch break, usual array of tourist goodies on display along with paintings and wildlife information, café/restaurant not the best with the quiche dinged in the micro until a soggy heap, pastries choice limited, when we informed the staff you got the feeling well there will be someone else in soon to fill your chair so you don't matter, appears overpriced for what we got at £17, including two glass of water, could and should be lot better, but like a lot of establishments on Skye its very hit and miss depending when you go in and what staff are on, don't think we will be rushing back, then again I don't think they will be bothered.

Visited December 2012
Thank John B
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed July 19, 2013

Food was ok , chips a bit under done . My father had the salmon salad , the salmon was taste less and you could tell that it had been left in the fridge for a day to two Staff friendly and kids enjoyed their food

Visited July 2013
Thank doneromin41
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Not worth prioritising”
Reviewed July 10, 2013

Aros is a giant souvenir shop, crammed with all the usual "Scottish" tat, though the bookshop is very good. The furnishings are worn and dated. It has a large cafe with a nice view, so it makes a good stop-off point, and obviously provides a valuable community centre for the locals. Amazed they expected us to pay for a sea eagle exhibition with no sea eagles - we gave it a miss.

Visited July 2013
Thank Oaklands87
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