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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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SEA Life Sanctuary

This is very kid friendly and educational. Depending on your experiences with aquariums you might... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
ladmusic
via mobile
Good value for money

The staff were very friendly and knowledgeable. The place itself looked a bit tired and tatty... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
cluttley63
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Burnley, 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

This is very kid friendly and educational. Depending on your experiences with aquariums you might like this place or you might be disappointed. If you are used to visiting large aquariums in major cities in Canada or the US like Monterey Bay, Seattle or Vancouver,...More

Thank ladmusic
Kathryn A, General Manager at The Scottish SEA LIFE Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Hi, Thanks for taking the time to review our Sanctuary. It's great that you felt we were very kid-friendly and educational. We hope you'll visit us again in future. Kind regards,

Reviewed 4 days ago

The staff were very friendly and knowledgeable. The place itself looked a bit tired and tatty. Thought the seals could do with a bit more space and was concerned about Lewis the otter being on his own as the book I bought said he had...More

Thank cluttley63
Kathryn A, General Manager at The Scottish SEA LIFE Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hi, Thanks for taking the time to review our Sanctuary. On a positive note it's great that you enjoyed your visit and felt we were good value for money. It's also good to read that you found our staff to be friendly and knowledgeable. Our...More

Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Great place to spend a few hours if you love wildlife and want to contribute to a good cause. Advice would be to time your trip for the feedings, and then you won't be waiting around for too long. After 2 hours you'll be wanting...More

Thank Tom C
Kathryn A, General Manager at The Scottish SEA LIFE Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hi, Thank you for your lovely review of our Sanctuary. It's great to read that you enjoyed your visit and really took advantage of everything we have to offer here. Thank you also for your lovely comments about our staff as customer service is really...More

Reviewed 4 days ago

A rainy morning lead to our trip here. It's a really cute little aquarium. You get to see rescued seals and otters. They'll take you through the entire rescue process. They also have an aquarium which was much larger than I thought and kept going...More

Thank Matthew L
Kathryn A, General Manager at The Scottish SEA LIFE Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hi, Thanks for your lovely review of our Sanctuary. It's great that you enjoyed your visit learning about the work we do here and seeing our otter being fed. We hope you'll visit us again in future. Kind regards,

Reviewed 5 days ago

We watched Lewis the otter being fed, which was lovely to see. There is an interesting aquarium, and interactive things for children. There is a nice walk through the woods, where you might see red squirrel, but also some lovely wood carvings.

1  Thank woodlet7
Kathryn A, General Manager at The Scottish SEA LIFE Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hi, Thanks for your lovely review of our Sanctuary. We're glad to read you enjoyed your visit and seeing Lewis being fed. We hope you'll visit us again soon. Kind regards,

Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited here to spend a few hours, when we arrived the seal show was on which was good fun, and the guide was very informative and it was good to watch the seals act for their fish. The site however needs some serious investment, many...More

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

Hi, Thanks for taking the time to review our Sanctuary. On a positive note it's great that you enjoyed your visit as a whole and seeing our seals being fed. We are aware that some areas of the site need refurbishment and have an extensive...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Loved the seal feeding, watched that right through and thoroughly enjoyed it. Couldn't see the Otter, but guess he will come out for feeding time. The aquariums were good, quite a selection to view. They provide an excellent service in rescuing sick and abandoned animals...More

Thank Bobscutt
Kathryn A, General Manager at The Scottish SEA LIFE Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi, Thank you for taking the time to review our Sanctuary. It's great that you enjoyed our displays and seeing our seals being fed. You're absolutely right, the best time to see Lewis, our otter, is during one of his twice daily feeding sessions as...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Im a bit suprised at other reviews critising this place. Its not flash and shiney like some city centre "zoo" for sure but in its environment on the middle of nowhere its perfect. Think of it as a seal sanctuary rather than a sea life...More

Thank mike w w
Kathryn A, General Manager at The Scottish SEA LIFE Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi, Thank you for your lovely review of our Sanctuary. It's great that you enjoyed your visit and really appreciated the work we do here. Thank you also for your kind comments about our staff as they do work very hard caring for our animals....More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Second time we had visited, last time was 5 years ago. Definitely recommend a visit. It's a rescue centre too. Seals are released once they are fit. There are sessions where animals are fed (Seals and otters)

Thank ChrisLloyd-1966
Kathryn A, General Manager at The Scottish SEA LIFE Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi, Thank you for taking the time to review our Sanctuary. It's great to read that you enjoyed your visit and are a repeat visitor with us. We hope you'll visit us again soon. Kind regards,

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We popped in on the way back from a visit to Oban and I was struck straight away by the state of the carpark. This is a business and whilst I understand the need to care for and treat the animals, this is a "for-profit"...More

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

Hi, Thanks for taking the time to review our Sanctuary. We did have work done on the carpark not too long ago. Unfortunately due to the outdoor nature of the site and the large volume of coaches we have visiting us, we are aware that...More

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Fiona G
21 August 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
10 June 2016|
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Response from Whatbob | Reviewed this property |
I hope not
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Kirsty M
16 February 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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