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“Great for children”

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: Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Stairs / lift, Food available for purchase
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A must to entertain children on a wet day in North Berwick. Lots to see and do. Children are encourager to touch very interactive.

Thank anne s
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Puffin2000, Manager at Scottish Seabird Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Brilliant, thanks Anne! Great to hear that your children enjoyed their visit.

If you can, do pop back, as the interactive science and puppet shows are on over the holidays and the audiences are having a great time - adults and children. The shows are included with entry to the Discovery Cente and entry is free for Seabird members. Just be sure to arrive early as the places fill up very quickly.

Best wishes,
Jill

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A lovely spot to break a journey. Plenty of free parking close by and beautiful sea views across to the islands of Craigleith, Lamb and South Dog. Wanted to stay longer, but time pressed. Must do a stop over for a couple of days soon. Brilliant facilities for the disabled nearby to go onto the beach!

Thank modace
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Puffin2000, Manager at Scottish Seabird Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi and thanks for this lovely review.

It would be great to welcome you back for a longer trip, especially as life on the islands is blossoming! The gannets are on the Bass Rock and puffins have been spottted on the Isle of May. You could take a trip out to the islands and then visit the Discovery Centre to control the islands' cameras to zoom in for a closer look.

When you do come back North Berwick has a great mix of accommodation to choose from and, as you noted, the beautiful clean beaches are accessible for all abilities with the presence of the beach wheelchairs.

Hope to see you soon,
Jill

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Very friendly and helpful staff and an excellent shop. Knowledgeable chap helped with my query and showed me what I needed to see. All in all well worth visiting and supporting the work they do in education too. Crucial for our future .

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Puffin2000, Manager at Scottish Seabird Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Lizzie

Thanks for this lovely review - sounds as though you made the most of your quick visit.

Perhaps, when you have more time, you could come back again soon? The gannets are hovering, the puffins will soon return to the Isle of May and Craigleith and we will have the most wonderful images on the screens in the Discovery Centre. You could also take a boat trip from 30 March, out to see the wonderful seabirds up close.

Hope to welcome you again soon,
Jill

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Reviewed 26 February 2018

We visited in mid February when we use the remote cameras but had no direct contact with the seabirds. The facilities are extensive but left us feeling a sense of being remote from nature.

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Puffin2000, Manager at Scottish Seabird Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 27 February 2018

Thanks you for your review, all feedback is very helpful.

February is a quieter time for wildlife on the islands but we hope you enjoyed our exhibits, the 3D Wildlife theatre and photography exhibitions.

Please come back to see us over spring or summer when the local islands will be teaming with wildlife. We are hoping to spot the first gannet on the Bass Rock very soon!

Kind regards,
Carrie

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Reviewed 24 February 2018

This place will give you an interest in seabirds if you didn't have one before you visited. You can watch birds nesting through a camera, see fish in the tank, look at the sea birds through binoculars and if you are lucky see the lobster hatchery. Sit and watch the waves and the sea whilst sitting in the cafe. A great part of your day out in North Berwick.

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Puffin2000, Manager at Scottish Seabird Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 27 February 2018

Thanks very much for taking time to write this review. It's fantastic to hear you enjoyed learning about seabirds, we aim to educate and enthuse people about the wonderful wildlife on the local islands.

Hopefully we can welcome you back again during the warmer months to enjoy the wildlife and perhaps have the opportunity to sit on our sundeck with your coffee!

Thanks again,
Carrie

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