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The Scottish SEA LIFE Sanctuary

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Scottish SEA LIFE Sanctuary General Admission
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ADMISSION TICKETS (1)
Scottish SEA LIFE Sanctuary General Admission
from US$12.18*
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  • Easy online booking
  • Lowest price guaranteed
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All reviewsotters and sealsnature trailcrabgift shopred squirrelsfew hourssea life sanctuarybehind the scenescouple of hourswoodland walkadmission pricebooked onlinesouplovely locationrainy daynice cafestaff were friendly
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Reviewed yesterday

This a small scale sanctuary, with a nice and non commercial atmosphere. The feeding of the seal lions, the touching of the crabs and some of the fish is quite nice. The restaurant is simple but sufficient. Unfortunately, the only otter they had just died....More

Thank Kees00
Reviewed yesterday

Easy drive from our accommodation in Ballachulish. Unfortunately their otter had just died, which left 4 seals and the aquarium. There were dogfish, rays, starfish, seahorses etc - lots to interest children - seal feeding time, a touch pool etc. It's very much a family...More

Thank Christine R
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Don’t bother going unless you are desperate. The otter has died - sums this place up. What could be a celebration of the sea, isn’t.

Thank Paul-Appleton
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I had a really great visit to the Sanctuary. After referring poorly seals here in the past it was lovely to see little Jeff making a full recovery and doing well! Big shout out to Heidi who gave us a full tour and answered every...More

1  Thank Teri-Charlton
Reviewed 1 week ago

Our last visit was a number of years ago and it was amazing, last week we were shocked to see how shabby and run down it has become. Whilst the aquariums and fish pools were acceptable, we were rather shocked to see the state of...More

1  Thank Lyndsay A
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Enjoyable visit. Sadly the otter had died so no otters but the seals were entertaining. Nice to see two rescued ones in the sanctuary too. Good aquarium and good trails/activities to complete for medals. Ticket valid for 7 days so useful if you miss the...More

Thank Lunar99
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I enjoy a Sea Life centre and this was my first visit to a sanctuary and I was really looking forward to it especially as who doesn't love Seals but I must admit I found it a tad disappointing. Firstly it's quite small we managed...More

Thank aquacat2
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Planned a trip here as I have a soft spot for seals! Great day out, the talks, touch pools and feeding time with the seals add to the day. The girl giving the talks today was very knowledgable and was very informative making sure she...More

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

Thanks for your fin-tastic 5* review of our Sanctuary. We do find that our lovely resident seals do tend to steal the show! I will pass your comments on to our team - they will be delighted with your feedback. It's great to know that...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed the aquarium areas, but the seal hospital was depressing. There was a seal who looked rather ill lying on the bottom of a waterless pool, which didn’t put much hope in us for its future. The awful rendition of “I’ll stand by you”...More

1  Thank ihub g
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We really enjoyed ourselves inspite of the rain and with Tesco vouchers, a visit to the sanctuary is excellent value. The aquarium is substantial and there are regular talks and touch pool sessions throughout the day. There are currently 2 baby seals in the hospital/rehabilitation...More

Thank VeeKay73
Kathryn A, General Manager at The Scottish SEA LIFE Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for your fin-tastic review of our Sanctuary. It sounds like you had a great visit, and managed to take advantage of our Tesco promotion. Thanks for your comments on our Seal hospital, together with our resident seals Pippa, Macey, Lora & Boo they do...More

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