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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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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!
  • Excellent41%
  • Very good30%
  • Average16%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible5%
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Barcaldine, Oban PA37 1SE, Scotland
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+44 1631 720386
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Reviewed 25 April 2018

I'm from the UK but brought some American family to Oban for a trip this week and thought it'd be fun to see an aquarium centre. Having taken the kids to sealife loch Lomond and Edinburgh I thought we would be on to a winner....More

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Kathryn A, General Manager at The Scottish SEA LIFE Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi, thanks for your feedback following your recent visit to our Sanctuary. I'm sorry to hear you were disappointed with your visit. I will feedback your comments to our team as we are all very passionate about the Sanctuary. We open at 10am daily so...More

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Reviewed 23 April 2018 via mobile

We were back in the car in less than an hour. One lone otter showing stereotypical behaviour of a captive animal. It was quite sad to see the open Loch just over the fence of the enclosure. There were no notices or information displayed explaining...More

Thank J C
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Kathryn A, General Manager at The Scottish SEA LIFE Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi, thanks for your feedback following your recent visit to our Sanctuary. I'm sorry to hear you were disappointed with your visit. I will feedback your comments to our team as we are all very passionate about the Sanctuary. Our otter enclosure is designed to...More

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Reviewed 20 April 2018 via mobile

Most enjoyable and educational three hours we have spent visiting a sea life centre since Gweek in Cornwall. The selection of sea life is limited but fascinating. The work carried out by the centre is clearly a passionate matter for the staff, who are skilled...More

Thank Pilgrim1500s
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Kathryn A, General Manager at The Scottish SEA LIFE Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 23 April 2018

Hi David, Many thanks for your fin-tastic review of our Sanctuary. Our team are extremely passionate about our creatures and I'm delighted you experienced this first-hand. I do hope you'll be back to SEA us again soon!

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Reviewed 15 April 2018

Enjoyed coming here on our way back from Oban. Its quite small so you don't need long to get round it. The seals were gorgeous and it was great to catch them during feeding time. The staff were very informative and helpful. They gave a...More

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Kathryn A, General Manager at The Scottish SEA LIFE Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 20 April 2018

Hi Samantha, Thanks for your review of our Sanctuary. We're delighted to hear you watched the seal-feeding and enjoyed seeing the seals in their newly refurbished seal pools. I'll pass on your comments to our team, they are extremely passionate about the Sanctuary and all...More

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Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

We paid around £35 for a family ticket. Watched the seals get their lunch which took about 15 mins, then walked arou d the display tanks. There are very few tanks. A lot of the tanks had the same sad looking, motionless dogfish in them....More

Thank R W
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Kathryn A, General Manager at The Scottish SEA LIFE Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 11 April 2018

Thank you for your review of our Sanctuary. It's unfortunate you spent less than an hour at the Sanctuary. We have been investing in the Sanctuary over the past few years, with a major programme of renovations beginning three years ago which is still ongoing....More

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Reviewed 5 April 2018

Seriously? We phone up to check opening times and ask the entrance cost, we arrive and find the given cost is before VAT. That's just ridiculous, It left me feeling kind of conned. wasn't cheap before the VAT was added. Fish displays were ok, the...More

Thank davidindurham
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Kathryn A, General Manager at The Scottish SEA LIFE Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 11 April 2018

Hi David, Thanks for your comments, I'm sorry that you were given incorrect information after phoning ahead, I will feed this back to our team to prevent this happening in future. Apologies that you missed seeing Lewis, our otter. We do advise that the best...More

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Reviewed 3 April 2018 via mobile

Great place for a family trip. Kids can watch animals being fed and can play along finding things and gaining medals. Restuarant for lunch at reasonable prices.

Thank Wilma L
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Kathryn A, General Manager at The Scottish SEA LIFE Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 11 April 2018

Hi Wilma, thanks for your five star review of the Sanctuary. It's lovely to hear you and your family enjoyed your visit. I hope you'll be back to SEA us again very soon!

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Reviewed 3 April 2018 via mobile

We visited to see the seals and the otter we didn’t stay long as the weather wasn’t good but it’s very interesting. A great day out for families!

Thank Loren C
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Kathryn A, General Manager at The Scottish SEA LIFE Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 11 April 2018

Hi Loren, Thanks for your review of our Sanctuary. I hope you had a fin-tastic visit. Hopefully we will see you again very soon. Thanks!

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Reviewed 1 April 2018 via mobile

The sea life centre is well worth a visit. It’s had an upgrade since we visited in February and this has improved things. It could still do with some more cosmetic upgrading. However, it is a great place for an hour or so. Several things...More

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Kathryn A, General Manager at The Scottish SEA LIFE Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 11 April 2018

Thank you for your review of our aquarium, it's great to hear you and your family enjoyed your visit! We have been investing in the Sanctuary over the past few years, with a major programme of renovations beginning three years ago which is still ongoing....More

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Reviewed 27 March 2018

We spent less than an hour at the attraction as there was little to do for adults. The seals were lovely and this for us was the most enjoyable part of the visit. The staff are clearly very passionate about the place and the animals,and...More

Thank Jane U
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Kathryn A, General Manager at The Scottish SEA LIFE Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 11 April 2018

Hi Jane, Thank you for taking the time to review our Sanctuary. Its great to hear your feedback on our team, I will be sure to pass this on. We have been investing in the Sanctuary over the past few years, with a major programme...More

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Fiona G
20 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
9 June 2016|
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Response from Kathryn A | Property representative |
Hi, No unfortunately we do not allow dogs into the Sanctuary as they can upset our animals. Kind regards
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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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