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The Scottish SEA LIFE Sanctuary

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Address: Barcaldine, Oban PA37 1SE, Scotland
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+44 1631 720386
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
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Join us for a great family day out in the stunning surroundings of Loch...

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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Cute Seals and and Lewis the Otter

The place should have a cute alert sa the seals are just lovely but for character and showmanship Lewis steals the show. He is a mature Otter who loves people and showing off The... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
glenfarclasluva
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A must if you are fascinated by Seals and Otters. We arrived in rain, but were able to shelter going around the aquarium and seeing Lewis the Otter being fed, he is just so cute. Due to time constraints were were unable to see the seals being fed. If you have young children this is a must, there is a... More 

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The place should have a cute alert sa the seals are just lovely but for character and showmanship Lewis steals the show. He is a mature Otter who loves people and showing off The place is run down and needs a facelift which they where in the process of doing while we visited The cafe does really good toasties coffee... More 

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Ayr, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Our trip to The Scottish Sea Life Sanctuary was truly amazing. I would recommend it to anyone who is truly interested in wildlife. Lewis the Otter was a treat to behold. He is very used to visitors and poses for photo opportunities. We watched Joe the keeper feeding Lewis which was a treat. We also watched the seals feeding which... More 

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Kathryn A, General Manager at The Scottish SEA LIFE Sanctuary, responded to this review

Hi, Thanks for your lovely review of our Sanctuary. It's great that you enjoyed meeting Lewis and seeing our seal feeding display. It's brilliant to read that you would recommend us to others and we hope you'll visit us again soon. Kind regards, More 

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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We arrived just in time for feeding the seals. This was delightful for kids and adults. Our children loved the aquarium and nature walk.

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Kathryn A, General Manager at The Scottish SEA LIFE Sanctuary, responded to this review

Hi, Thanks for taking the time to review our Sanctuary. It's great to read that your children enjoyed their visit and you managed to see our seal feed. We hope you'll visit us again soon. Kind regards, More 

Barnstaple, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited in May while staying near Oban, it was a very wet day but didn't spoil our day here. We arrived in time for the seals feeding at 12 noon, there were 4 common seals and we had a talk on each of them and why they are there. There is a good sized aquarium to walk round with plenty... More 

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Kathryn A, General Manager at The Scottish SEA LIFE Sanctuary, responded to this review

Hi, Thanks for taking the time to review our Sanctuary. It's great that you enjoyed your visit and the weather didn't spoil your day! We hope you'll visit us again soon. Kind regards, More 

glasgow
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had a great couple of hours with my 4 yo. Yes I am sure there are bigger and better aquarium style attractions out there but what they loose in size the volunteers and the rest of the team there make up for it in passion and enthusiasm and the star of the show was of course Lewis. Well done team... More 

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Kathryn A, General Manager at The Scottish SEA LIFE Sanctuary, responded to this review

Hi, Thanks for your lovely review of our aquarium and postivie comments about our staff. We're glad to read you enjoyed your visit and seeing Lewis, our otter. We hope you'll visit us again soon. Kind regards, More 

Bonnie Scotland
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31 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is our fourth trip to sealife Oban. Have to say very impressed with the new looks that have happened since our last visit. But my girls always love seeing the beautiful seals and getting chased with them when the seals can be seen in the underwater pool. We had glorious weather which was a nice bonus. First of when... More 

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Kathryn A, General Manager at The Scottish SEA LIFE Sanctuary, responded to this review

Hi, Thanks for your lovely review of our Sanctuary. It's great to hear from a repeat visitor and annual pass holder. It's brilliant to read that you feel we've improved since your last visit and your children enjoyed taking part in all the activities we have to offer here. We hope you'll visit us again soon. Kind regards, More 

Carluke, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My hubby and I visited the Sealife Sanctuary in May 2017. We had breakfast with the seals which was a great experience. The grounds are idyllic and well looked after. Installations were all very informative and interested. Would recommend.

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Kathryn A, General Manager at The Scottish SEA LIFE Sanctuary, responded to this review

Hi, Thanks for taking the time to review our Sanctuary. It's great that you enjoyed your breakfast with the seals and would recommend us to others. We hope you'll visit us again soon. Kind regards, More 

Vancouver, Washington
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35 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We decided to take a break from our hiking and driving to take a tour of the sanctuary. The staff there is very sweet and knowledgeable. We were there for both the otter and the seal feeding time. The seals respond to the trainer with hilarious antics. Well worth watching and we got some terrific photos. There are interactive displays... More 

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Kathryn A, General Manager at The Scottish SEA LIFE Sanctuary, responded to this review

Hi, Thanks for taking the time to review our Sanctuary. It's great that you managed to catch both our otter and seal feeding displays. We hope you'll visit us again soon. Kind regards, More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Yip if children are interest in wildlife etc And your looking for something to do with the kids it's ok. The cafe is poor so bring a packed lunch.

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Kathryn A, General Manager at The Scottish SEA LIFE Sanctuary, responded to this review

Hi, Thanks for taking the time to review our Sanctuary, although it's disappointing to read you would only rate as ok if you have children who are interested in wildlife. We have a wide variety of activities and things to see that we think appeal to all ages from our interactive conservation cove and kids' quiz trail for younger visitors,... More 

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