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The Scottish SEA LIFE Sanctuary

#7 of 46 things to do in Oban Features Animals
Barcaldine, Oban PA37 1SE, Scotland
+44 1631 720386
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Family trip.

Lovely place for young kids for a visit. Quite expensive....we got 50% off as we had been on calmac... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Tracy C
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Kilmarnock, Scotland, United Kingdom
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Nice cosit

We enjoyed our visit and saw 4 seals and listened to the otter talk which was very factual and... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Emily P
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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 yesterday via mobile

Lovely place for young kids for a visit. Quite expensive....we got 50% off as we had been on calmac ferries and kept our receipt. Easily available map in the area also offers 40% off. My seven year old enjoyed seeing the seals, other and various...More

Thank Tracy C
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We enjoyed our visit and saw 4 seals and listened to the otter talk which was very factual and interesting. The young male staff member gave the talk about the otter was very friendly and answered all questions anyone had. There is a path down...More

Thank Emily P
Reviewed 4 days ago

Aquarium buildings are damp with tanks leaking, vey few attractions to look at. There is only one otter to see in the enclosure. There's four seals in a small outside pool that was only half filled with water, the animals looked miserable. Went to the...More

Thank shirleystubbs37
Kathryn A, General Manager at The Scottish SEA LIFE Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Hi, Apologies you were disappointed with your visit to our Sanctuary. Our otter, Lewis, sadly lost his partner last year. He is an older animal and finding a suitable replacement companion is proving tricky. In the meantime our staff are doing extra enrichment and training...More

Reviewed 6 days ago

Visited this place today 18/07/2017 with daughter and granddaughter what a huge disappointment. Very run down needs total transformation. Seal ponds (far too small to be called pools) were absolutely filthy thick green minging water pointless having glass to see under water. No Otters to...More

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

Hi, Apologies you were disappointed with your visit to our Sanctuary. We work in partnership with the SSPCA and are subject to regular vet and zoo licensing inspections so we can assure you that there are no animal welfare issues at our Sanctuary. We are...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited on a damp day in July - the aquarium had some interesting fish - but we really came to see the seals and otters. There were three seals in neighbouring pens/pools but you can really see them if you know the right places...More

Thank cm642016
Kathryn A, General Manager at The Scottish SEA LIFE Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi, Thanks for taking the time to review our Sanctuary. At present we have four resident seals as well as two seal pups undergoing rehabilitation in our seal hospital. You're absolutely right that there are seals in the neighbouring Lochs, we even offer boat trips...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

We travelled an hour to get to the Scottish Sealife Centre and had expected it to be bigger. Had we not accidentally timed our visit to coincide with the otter being fed we would probably not have seen him, as he appeared to be hiding...More

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

Hi, Thanks for taking the time to review our Sanctuary. On a positive note, it’s great that your six your old enjoyed taking part in the quiz trail and handling some creatures in our touchpool sessions. It’s also brilliant that you felt our creatures seemed...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Excellent day out in any weather, good value for money, plenty to see and a worthwhile cause. Keep up the good work.

Thank jooster 0
Kathryn A, General Manager at The Scottish SEA LIFE Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi, Thanks for your lovely comments about our Sanctuary. We're glad you enjoyed your visit and look forward to welcoming you back soon. Kind regards,

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Good wet weather activity although you are advised not to play on the equipment in the adventure playground if it is wet. Rather expensive for a familyMore

Thank 377Aileen
Kathryn A, General Manager at The Scottish SEA LIFE Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi, Thanks for taking the time to review our Sanctuary. It's great that you enjoyed your visit. Next time you visit please consider booking your tickets online to save 30% off admission or keeping an eye out for one of our many promotional offers, as...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

what a wonderful place - its not a big Sea Life Centre with hammerhead sharks and big animals - its a small, personal sanctuary for rehoming animals - although it is in the Sea Life chain, and is available with Merlin passes. Cameron who does...More

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

Hi, Thank you for your lovely comments about our Sanctuary and staff. It's great that you enjoyed your visit and we hope to see you again soon. Kind regards,

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Not good value for money and very poor conditions for the sea life and horrible rude staff and I was greatly disappointedMore

Thank colin2015
Kathryn A, General Manager at The Scottish SEA LIFE Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi, Apologies you were disappointed with your visit. Sorry that you felt that we are not good value for money. Our tickets are in line with, if not cheaper than similar attractions and we also have various discounts available through both promotional partners and our...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
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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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