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The Scottish SEA LIFE Sanctuary

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Barcaldine, Oban PA37 1SE, Scotland
+44 1631 720386
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Great , knowledgeable and friendly staff

Spent a couple of hours watching the seals, walking round the aquarium and watching the feeding of... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Paul C
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Worth a Visit

The sanctuary is quite small and to an extent limited. Even so, it is well worth a visit and can... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
lightning92
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York, United Kingdom
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Join us for a great family day out in the stunning surroundings of Loch Creran. Visit the Scottish SEA LIFE Sanctuary, home to a spectacular aquarium as well as Scotland's leading Seal Hospital. Journey through over 50 marine displays and get up close to majestic sharks, graceful rays and enchanting seahorses. Meet our adorable seals and hear the touching stories behind their rescues or visit our playful otters. Look out for rare red squirrels and other local wildlife as you explore our Nutkins Nature Trail or have an adventure in our Forest Adventure Play Area. Afterwards, take a well-deserved rest in our Shoreline Coffee Shop and soak up the best views of Loch Creran. With fun talks and feeding displays as well as so much to see and do, there's plenty for the whole family to enjoy whatever the weather!
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Barcaldine, Oban PA37 1SE, Scotland
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Spent a couple of hours watching the seals, walking round the aquarium and watching the feeding of Lewis the otter. Staff were very knowledgable and all passionate about their conservation and animal care work.

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

The sanctuary is quite small and to an extent limited. Even so, it is well worth a visit and can keep you occupied for a while. The staff are chatty and informative which is useful as some of the exhibits are a bit short of...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I think a lot of people come here thinking that it is a zoo or a sea life centre which it isn’t. It’s a lovely little sanctuary with amazing conservation grounds and fantastic views. Well worth a visit for a morning or afternoon!More

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Kathryn A, General Manager at The Scottish SEA LIFE Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hi Caroline, Thank you for your 5* review of our Sanctuary. Conservation is extremely important to us here at The Scottish SEA LIFE Sanctuary so we are delighted to hear you enjoyed your visit. We have to agree the view of Loch Creran is particularly...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We booked in for Seal experience to feed the seals and have breakfast. What we got was our own personal Seal talk by Megan who was very friendly and welcoming, we then got to feed the Seals with Anna who also showed us how to...More

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Kathryn A, General Manager at The Scottish SEA LIFE Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hi Robert, thank you for your 5* review of our Sanctuary. It's great to hear your enjoyed your Breakfast with the Seals experience, I will share your lovely comments with our team - especially Megan & Anna. I'm delighted you also enjoyed your cooked breakfast...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Rescue and conservation at its best , the seals and otter are beautiful , amazing to get so close , fab staff

Thank Fiona S
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Kathryn A, General Manager at The Scottish SEA LIFE Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thanks Fiona for your 5* review of our Sanctuary, I'll pass your fin-tastic comments on to our team. I do hope you'll be back to visit us again soon!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We booked a Breakfast with the Seals experience. Our son is Autistic and staff were made aware prior to our visit and they blew us away with their patience and understanding of ASD. Poor Zoe couldnt get a word in edgeways for our son spouting...More

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Kathryn A, General Manager at The Scottish SEA LIFE Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you for your fin-tastic review of our Sanctuary. We are delighted that both you and your son enjoyed your breakfast with the seals experience, it sounds like you both had a lovely morning and I will be sure to pass your comments on to...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We thoroughly enjoyed our trip to the sanctuary. Lots of fish to look at, a quiz for the kids as you go round, seals and otters - not to mention fantastic views! We booked our tickets online before going and got a discount. Admission once...More

Thank Julie B
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Kathryn A, General Manager at The Scottish SEA LIFE Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Julie, Thanks for your fin-tastic review of our Sanctuary. We are delighted you and your kids had a great time and took advantage of the quiz and everything we have to offer. I hope you'll be back to SEA us again very soon!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I'm from the UK but brought some American family to Oban for a trip this week and thought it'd be fun to see an aquarium centre. Having taken the kids to sealife loch Lomond and Edinburgh I thought we would be on to a winner....More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We were back in the car in less than an hour. One lone otter showing stereotypical behaviour of a captive animal. It was quite sad to see the open Loch just over the fence of the enclosure. There were no notices or information displayed explaining...More

Thank J C
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Most enjoyable and educational three hours we have spent visiting a sea life centre since Gweek in Cornwall. The selection of sea life is limited but fascinating. The work carried out by the centre is clearly a passionate matter for the staff, who are skilled...More

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Kathryn A, General Manager at The Scottish SEA LIFE Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi David, Many thanks for your fin-tastic review of our Sanctuary. Our team are extremely passionate about our creatures and I'm delighted you experienced this first-hand. I do hope you'll be back to SEA us again soon!

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Fiona G
August 20, 2017|
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Response from Kathryn A | Property representative |
Hi, we have an accessible route for people with limited mobility around the Sanctuary, just ask for the map at admissions. Please be aware that due to the outdoor nature of the Sanctuary some areas of the pathways may be... More
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Ryanm63
June 9, 2016|
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Response from Kathryn A | Property representative |
Hi, No unfortunately we do not allow dogs into the Sanctuary as they can upset our animals. Kind regards
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Kirsty M
February 15, 2016|
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Response from Chrisie T | Reviewed this property |
They do feed the otters at a particular time. I think they were just finishing feeding as I came into the sanctuary. Worth finding out frim the centre as to times for that, if you plan on going.
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