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Scottish Seabird Centre

#1 of 3 Boat Tours & Water Sports in North Berwick Features Animals
The Harbour, North Berwick EH39 4SS, Scotland
+44 1620 890202
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Recommended for birders and diners alike

Stopped for a coffee, but overall really interesting place. Very good gift shop, and the staff at... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Senninhasenninha
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
A Nature and Bird Lovers Delight

A must see to visit and enjoy. A stunning example of Conservation at its best , While visiting... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
cyprusfan10
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Teddington, United Kingdom
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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” (80 reviews)
“bass rock” (226 reviews)
“rib boat” (13 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 18:00
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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The Harbour, North Berwick EH39 4SS, Scotland
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+44 1620 890202
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Stopped for a coffee, but overall really interesting place. Very good gift shop, and the staff at the coffee shop couldn't have been friendlier. There is a gallery by local artists, albeit unusually located in the corridors to and from the toilets!More

Thank Senninhasenninha
Puffin2000, Manager at Scottish Seabird Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you very much for taking time to write this review and we are delighted you enjoyed your visit. We are so lucky to have such talented local artists, very pleased you had a chance to view the gallery. Your kind comments on our cafe...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

A must see to visit and enjoy. A stunning example of Conservation at its best , While visiting Edinburgh and you want to go a day trip to a place where you can see nature is at its very best,North Berwick is the place to...More

1  Thank cyprusfan10
Puffin2000, Manager at Scottish Seabird Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hi there Wow, excellent directions as well as a lovely 5 star review - thanks so much! It sounds as though you made the most of your visit by taking advantage of our double ticket offer for a boat trip with visit to the Discovery...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

My daughter went on the RIB trip on 6/27/17 in search of Puffins. She loves birding and was overwhelmed with everything she saw. With the water splashing, it was difficult to take her camera plus use the binoculars. She chose to stick with the binoculars...More

Thank dturner02
Puffin2000, Manager at Scottish Seabird Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hi there Thanks so much for this lovely 5 star review. It's a hard decision isn't it - do you take photos through a lens, or just sit back and enjoy the spectacle and soak up the splendour of the surroundings? So glad your daughter...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Well worth a look come rain or shine.Cameras watching the birds in several locations and interesting facts about all of them. We combined this with the National aviation museum on a very wet day and were glad we did, the gift shop and cafe were...More

Thank dave r
Puffin2000, Manager at Scottish Seabird Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hi there Thanks for this lovely review which I'll share with the team. They work hard to add to the wonderful images that are beamed back to the screens in the Discovery Centre. At the minute, our visitors are learning about puffins with their pufflings,...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Scottish Seabird Centre is an entertaining outing with a core message - lets protect our wildlife. Townies and countrymen alike can learn about the habitats and nesting instincts of Scottish Seabirds in a rural setting.

Thank merrywanderer2017
Puffin2000, Manager at Scottish Seabird Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hi there Many thanks for visiting us. So glad that one of our core messages came over loud and clear during your visit. We're working hard to educate and enthuse people about the wonderful wildlife that abounds right on our door step. Thanks again, Jill

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A stop at the Seabird Center is a must in North Berwick. Very helpful staff, a very nice cafe, interesting and engaging exhibits, and spotting scopes to watch the nearby bird populations.More

Thank MassTraveller78
Puffin2000, Manager at Scottish Seabird Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hi there Thanks for this lovely 5 star review which I'll share with the team. It certainly sounds as though you made the most of your visit to us; maybe next time you could try one of our boat trips and get really close to...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited for lunch. The first thing which was apparent was the smell of fried fish. The menu is limited and quite expensive compared to other local eateries.More

Thank Brian S
Puffin2000, Manager at Scottish Seabird Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hi there, Thanks for visiting us. Our cafe team works hard to ensure that there is an extensive menu that features locally sourced ingredients and the cullen skink and other fish dishes are very popular. Thanks very much for taking the time to write this...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The staff at the Seabird Centre were helpful, friendly and obliging. We joined the boat tour and the lass doing the commentary did a great job in telling us about the habits of the different birds in the area and the overall history of the...More

Thank Judy J
Puffin2000, Public Relations Manager at Scottish Seabird Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Judy Thanks for this fantastic 5-star review. Your comments have been shared with the team. If you are interested in getting a little closer to the puffins, perhaps you might be interested in an Isle of May landing. The details are on our website....More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Took one of their boat trips around Bass Rock for the gannets. The guide was full of knowledge and the boat went in very close around Bass Rock and another island in different directions so that everyone aboard (55) had a good view. Absolutely recommended...More

Thank ColinRS0346
Puffin2000, Public Relations Manager at Scottish Seabird Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Colin Thanks for this super review of the Seabird Catamaran Cruise. So glad you enjoyed your boat trip. Your comments have been shared with the team. Kind regards Laura

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This Trip was booked online through the Scottish Seabird Centre and we picked up the Boat for our Trip at North Berwick just behind the Centre itself......A long time on the wish list was a Trip to the Isle of May and how lucky we...More

Thank Russell N
Puffin2000, Public Relations Manager at Scottish Seabird Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Russell Congratulations! Please get in touch as we would love to send you a little something. Please email info@seabird.org Thanks also for the wonderful review. So glad it will be a day to remember. Kindest regards Laura

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Blaine W
4 April 2017|
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Response from Puffin2000 | Property representative |
Hi Blaine. Yes, there are toilets on the Seabird Catamaran Cruise (around 1 hour trip) and the Forth Ferry (around 45 minutes each way). There are also toilets on the Isle of May, if you would like to do a landing trip. This... More
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