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The Scottish SEA LIFE Sanctuary
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US$12.65*
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Scottish SEA LIFE Sanctuary General Admission
Ranked #15 of 53 things to do in Oban
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Owner description: 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!
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 in explaining the character and needs of the creatures they nurture into plain language. We just wished we could have visited with our grandchildren.
The restaurant is a bit pricy but the food is good and does help finance the centre, which cannot be cheap to run.
We highly recommend a visit especially with children.

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 great insight into the wonderful work they do at the sanctuary in raising and rehabilitating seal pups and other sea animals. It would have been better if the tanks were clearly labelled. The slideshow screens were delayed in showing information about each fish. Shame that the otters were asleep when we arrived.The little nature trail was lovely and full of interesting information boards along the way. The price was reasonable and you could revisit within 7 days if you wanted to. Worth a pop in if you're not far from the sanctuary.

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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 of our creatures.

I hope you'll be back in to SEA us again soon!

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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. Some of the fish looked unhealthy. The entire site felt unloved, dirty and shabby. All in all we spent less than an hour in the exhibits, this included our 8 year old filling in the quiz. The gift shop was depressing, half empty and dirty, the cafe also felt outdated and unloved. In all we left feeling pretty miserable. Youd be better off going to a good garden centre aquatic section for free.

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. The most recent area to be improved was the seal pool which re-opened in February. We carry out the majority of our renovations during the winter months so as not to disturb visitors.

We have an aquarium full of interesting species such as axolotl, turtles and native sharks; an interactive Conservation Cove area where children can learn about the issues facing marine wildlife, a kids’ quiz trail which children can earn medals for completing; an interactive touchpool where visitors can touch and hold sea creatures; daily talks and feeding displays; a shoreline walk/nature trail and an adventure playground. We do encourage customers to take part in and engage with as many of these activities as possible to really get the most out of their visit.

We're disappointed you felt you could not voice your concerns about the conditions in which we keep our animals to us directly as we'd have been glad to chat to you about them and put your mind at rest.The welfare of our creatures is our absolute top priority and we are subject to regular vet and zoo licensing inspections to ensure we keep our animals in the best conditions possible.

We hope you will visit us again in future and experience everything we have to offer.


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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 single otter was in hiding undwer his heat lamp ... probably fair enough there was a chill wind. Seals stole the show, notably during the seal feeding/show.

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 time to see him is during his twice daily talks/feeding demonstrations as he does tend to disappear off for naps during the day.

Our otter enclosure is designed to not only replicate Lewis’ natural habitat but to give him plenty of areas to hide if he does not feel like being on display. As I’m sure you can appreciate we are an animal Sanctuary and the wellbeing of our creatures will always come before entertainment.

We agree the seals do tend to steal the show! I hope you enjoyed watching their feed and learning more about them from our passionate animal care team.

I do hope you'll visit us again in future,

Thanks!

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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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