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Address: Barcaldine, Oban PA37 1SE, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 1631 720386
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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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Excellent for kids

Smaller than Deep Sea World but still very interesting. Great for kids, the scratch-card quiz that they do as they go round really occupied them and they really enjoyed it. Good... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 24 October 2016
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Oban, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Recently visited with family. We had decided to visit as we had been given vouchers which gave us entry for just £6 per person! Thought this was great with it being close to Christmas. I went to use the vouchers however there was confusion as the lady had not seen these vouchers nor were they on the till. The lady... More 

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

Hi, Thanks for taking the time to review our Sanctuary. On a positive note it's great that your enjoyed our talks and feeds and were so impressed with our staff. Apologies there was confusion surrounding your discount voucher. We do communicate all our offers to staff and will be reminding them of the offers we have in circulation and that... More 

Sleaford, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We booked our tickets online, well worth doing as it saves quite a few £'s. We got there as it opened and had a look round before the talks started. The place is quite small, but there are places for children to play. The lady who told us about the otter and the seals was amazing she certainly knew her... More 

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Thank j4nie2014
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 visits and the talks about our otter and seals. Our seals are housed across to interconnecting pools, which they are free to move between at all times. Please rest assured we would never keep any creature in an enclosure that was too small for... More 

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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Was bit disapointed , and not a lot to do or see , however could spend and hour here and glad I booked online as cheaper but least the money will help the rescue animals . Toilets disgusting 😩

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Thank Halfpintlager
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 disappointing you felt there wasn't a lot to do or see at The Sanctuary. We have our seals, otters and an aquarium area as well as our Nature Trail, interactive conservation cove, Adventure Playground, kids' quiz trail, rockpool sessions and programme of daily talks and feeds. We do encourage... More 

Oldham, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

We visited the sea life sanctuary in Oban this morning. We booked online in the morning and had an amazing trip. The staff were very attentive and extremely good with sharing information. We loved watching the seals being fed, despite the seagulls trying their best to steal the fish. The interactive pool was amazing where we got to hold starfish,... 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 brilliant to read that you enjoyed your visit and took part in all of the activities we have to offer. We look forward to welcoming you back next year! Kind regards, More 

Glenrothes, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

We visited in October on a lovely day. Saw the otter being fed and saw the seals perform. The animals have a fabulous relationships with their keepers and look happy. The Keepers are very enthusiastic about the animals in their care and give good educational talks. Excellent work being done here.

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

Hi, Thank you for your lovely review of our Sanctuary. It's brilliant to read that you enjoyed seeing our creatures and felt they were well looked after and happy. It's also great that you found our animal care team to be enthusiastic about the animals and to have a good relationship with them as they are very passionate about the... More 

Vienna, Austria
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20 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

My family- adults and 2 small children- spent a fun day at the Sea life sanctuary, despite the cold weather! The highlight for the kids was the hands- on time with a crab, a sea urchin and a starfish. Holding them was exciting, and earned them a medal too! The guide at the sanctuary was very knowledgeable and told us... More 

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

Hi, Thanks for your 5* review of the Sanctuary, it's great that you enjoyed your visit and getting up close to some of our creatures at the touchpool. It's also good to read that you found our staff to be approachable and knowledgeable as we pride ourselves on great customer service here at The Sanctuary. We hope you'll visit us... More 

Cheshire
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27 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

There was only a handful of us at the sanctuary but the staff were wonderful, so enthusiastic about the animals and answered all our questions despite the appalling weather.

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Thank jango6
Kathryn A, General Manager at The Scottish SEA LIFE Sanctuary, responded to this review

Hi, Thanks for your lovely review of our Sanctuary, sorry the weather wasn't the best during your visit. It's great to read that you found our staff to be friendly and enthusiastic as customer service is one of our top priorities here at the Sanctuary. We hope you'll visit us again soon. Kind regards, More 

Quebec City, Canada
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15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

My husband and I were very lucky to get to do the breakfast with the seals experience. You get to feed them, make them practice their "tricks" and learn more about them in general. It is totally worth the price and if I lived in the area, I would do it every week!!

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

Hi, Thanks for your lovely review of our Breakfast With The Seals experience. It's great that you enjoyed your visit and we hope to welcome you back again in future. Kind regards, More 

Chirnside, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

Smaller than Deep Sea World but still very interesting. Great for kids, the scratch-card quiz that they do as they go round really occupied them and they really enjoyed it. Good exhibits and great educational value. Feeding the seals was a real highlight, the tame rescue seals were very engaging and clever, if more people saw this there might be... More 

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Thank cathyholms
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 your visit, seeing our seals and completing our quiz trail. We hope you'll visit again soon! Kind regards, More 

Paisley, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

Arrived to find centre closed due to power cut, but was in process of being fixed, after 10 minute wait we were allowed in. seal-lion show was good, still trying to trace the otter, aquariums were good too.but due to time & muddy paths we gave the trails a miss, better in summer. Booked online for entry & snack..soup &... More 

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Thank 19aquarius51
Kathryn A, General Manager at The Scottish SEA LIFE Sanctuary, responded to this review

Hi, Apologies there were some problems with the power during your visit. We're glad to read it only delayed your entry by 10 minutes. It's great that you enjoyed seeing our seals and aquarium. Our otter is best viewed during one of his twice daily feeding sessions, as he does tend to disappear off for naps at other times of... More 

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