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Never fails to impress

I live in North Berwick and have done most of my life. Yet every time I get a chance to visit the... read more

Reviewed 14 September 2018
Caroline V
Bird's eye view of 150,000 gannets and a few puffins

If you love wildlife, then this is THE place to go. When you see Bass Rock from the shore for the... read more

Reviewed 30 August 2018
Morley R
Pompignac, France
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Reviewed 14 September 2018

I live in North Berwick and have done most of my life. Yet every time I get a chance to visit the Bass Rock I am in awe. History oozes from every crevice and the wildlife and world famous gannets always offer a show unlike...More

Date of experience: September 2018
2  Thank Caroline V
Reviewed 30 August 2018

If you love wildlife, then this is THE place to go. When you see Bass Rock from the shore for the first time, you might think it's covered in snow. It's not! it's the 150,000 gannets that are on the island. We took a boat...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Morley R
Reviewed 27 August 2018

The family thoroughly enjoyed the trip out on the boat to see the huge bird colony on Bass Rock. Lots of history in the area as well

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 20 August 2018

Bass Rock supports a fantastic colony of gannets. There are thousands of birds on every rocky ledge and it has to be a bird watchers paradise. With the weather favourable,we set off for the island with an early start. The crew of the boat that...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank bluesman17
Puffin2000, Marketing Manager at Bass Rock, responded to this reviewResponded 2 October 2018

Thank you for raising your concerns over the conditions on the Bass Rock trip during your visit in August. We would like to reassure you that the conditions at the time of your visit were extremely unusual. There had been an extended dry spell followed...More

Reviewed 18 August 2018

I went on an organised boat trip to Bass Rock this morning and despite the fact that it wet, the views we had close up of the gannets were fantastic. The rock is apparently covered with about150,000 gannets.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank DavidMay1945
Reviewed 14 August 2018

Place to watch gannets in there thousands. Either from North Berwick or at Tantallon Castle. There are boat trips from North Berwick but sea can be rough and boats are rather small, not for reluctant sailors.

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank gustav53
Reviewed 10 August 2018

Went on a boat trip with the Seabird Centre. Stunning (and a bit intimidating) to be surrounded by tens of thousands of gannets. Got some great photos. Take some tissues in case you get splattered!

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Fishfamily2014
Reviewed 8 August 2018

an astounding spectacle which will amaze any nature lover and definitely worth the effort - can't say any more than that!

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank geordie49
Reviewed 5 August 2018

I was drawn to this rock in so many ways. Seeing the gannets and terns was a delight to me! We caught a glimpse of a grey seal combing the nearby rock. There is no way that a camera can capture this rock, the wildlife...More

Date of experience: July 2018
2  Thank iamgateway
Reviewed 24 July 2018 via mobile

Amazing views of the rock from the boat which also takes you right up close to the rock where the gannets nest (great photo opportunities). Young tour guide girl very pleasant and friendly, especially towards our dog and also knowledgable of the island's history as...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank CrisdeanSmith
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19 August 2018|
Response from Neil103 | Reviewed this property |
I think they are on the Brave Heart. Call Dougie Ferguson the captain.
17 March 2017|
Response from JoostTieleman |
There is a slow bot and a rubber speedboat. Take the last. You see more isles amd birds. Its a 12p boat with comfortable buddysits. Raincoats are provided but not really nescassary. From april puffins are back. Take a... More
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