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Scottish Seabird Centre

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The Harbour, North Berwick EH39 4SS, Scotland
+44 1620 890202
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An amazing sight

We went on a Seabird Three Island Sea-Safari. The Gannets nesting on the Bass Rock were an... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
bellapu
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Class trip to the Seabird Centre

We went to the Seabird Centre for our P2 class trip. It was amazing! Andrew took us out and told... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
WGPSClass
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Tranent, United Kingdom
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Enjoy great days out at the seaside with the five star Scottish Seabird Centre, North Berwick. In the Discovery Centre control the interactive live cameras to zoom in on the amazing local wildlife on the Firth of Forth islands including puffins, gannets and seals. The Bass Rock is the world’s largest Northern gannet colony and BBC Countryfile Magazine’s Nature Reserve of the Year and the Isle of May is the biggest puffin colony on the east coast of Britain. There’s different wildlife to see throughout the year and at different stages of the breeding season. Visitors can enjoy expert talks, 3D TV, fish tanks, Flyway Tunnel, Wildlife Theatre, Turtle and Ray Zone and a Scope Deck. There is also a Gift Shop, the Seabird Cafe which has East Lothian’s only seaside sundeck, plus a range of seasonal boat trips. The Scottish Seabird Centre is open all year – only closed on Christmas Day.
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  • Very good28%
  • Average8%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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“live cameras” (38 reviews)
“bass rock” (244 reviews)
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The Harbour, North Berwick EH39 4SS, Scotland
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We went on a Seabird Three Island Sea-Safari. The Gannets nesting on the Bass Rock were an absolutely amazing sight. The RIB vessel took us in really close so we were able to see the birds close up. Unforgettable. Elaine,who gave the commentary was excellent...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

We went to the Seabird Centre for our P2 class trip. It was amazing! Andrew took us out and told us what to do. H e was a good guide, very kind and kept us safe. We got to make food chains using seaweed and...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

Went in a group on a coach trip and the talk given by the centre manager was excellent, made the live cameras so much more interesting when explained by a professional. The discovery tunnel (with the 3 D film) was unnerving due to it sloping...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Here you can see a lot of different kinds of birds and sometimes seal. Cafe with small dishes and a great view across the water.More

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Puffin2000, Manager at Scottish Seabird Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks, Anders, it's great to hear that you had a lovely time with us. You're right, the Seabird Cafe is a fantastic place to sit and look out over the Bass Rock and watch the wildlife. Recently, we saw an otter scurrying around near the...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed a quick break and snack after visiting the center. There is some cool history and interesting things that are discovered here. Recommend.More

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Puffin2000, Manager at Scottish Seabird Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi there, Many thanks for giving us this lovely feedback after visiting the Seabird Cafe and Discovery Centre. We are lucky that our cafe has fantastic views out over towards the Bass Rock, and is a great place to sit and enjoy a snack or...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We travelled all the way to North Berwick for the boat trip to Bass rock today, but when we arrived at 1.45pm, we were told that the 2pm trip was already full. We therefore booked and paid for the 5pm boat trip. Spent all afternoon...More

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Puffin2000, Manager at Scottish Seabird Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello, We are very sorry to hear of this experience. To make sure that our visitors are not disappointed, we always advise that boat trip bookings are best made in advance, online. This helps us to contact passengers in the event that a trip cannot...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

lovely experience, pity some cameras were not working,coupled with boat trip to Bass Rock. brilliant day out ,needed more time thereMore

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Puffin2000, Manager at Scottish Seabird Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks for this lovely review, so good to hear that you enjoyed your boat trip and visit. We can see gannets, guillemots and razorbills on camera today and cormorants are sitting on eggs. Come back another time to see them! Next time, try our Seabird...More

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Reviewed 17 April 2018 via mobile

Amazing place where you not only get info you can watch the live video feed from various locations including Bass Rock, Dunbar Harbour and Fila and Lamb Islands which you can control yourself from control panels within the centre. Staff really friendly and knowledgeable. Comes...More

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Puffin2000, Manager at Scottish Seabird Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 18 April 2018

How lovely to read this great review - thanks Elaine! Our team is knowledgeable about the local islands and wildlife and really help to bring the images to life for our visitors. Glad you thought so, too. Best wishes, Jill

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Reviewed 17 April 2018

Have just became member of the Scottish Seabird Centre. What a great experience, staff were first class and very helpful telling you all different things about the birds and wildlife round about. Definitely worth a visit. Café also excellent.More

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Puffin2000, Manager at Scottish Seabird Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 18 April 2018

Thanks for this review, Janice, it's great to read these lovely comments about our team. Now that you're a member, you can pop down to the Discovery Centre as often as you like, for free. And the 20% discount in the cafe will be a...More

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Reviewed 8 April 2018 via mobile

I have been countless amounts of times and every time it is amazing. It has a very nice little coffee shop with amazing service and food with indoor and beautiful outdoor seating (over looking North Berwick Beach, the law and the Bass Rock). It offers...More

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Puffin2000, Manager at Scottish Seabird Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 10 April 2018

Thanks for this lovely review, Anna, and for being such a frequent visitor - it's great to hear that you enjoy popping in when you're up visiting from Lancs. We agree with you about our setting; it's hard to beat the fab views from the...More

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LammiM
10 February 2018|
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Response from Puffin2000 | Property representative |
Hi, just picked up on this; great replies from James, rockchick and Mary, thanks guys! There's loads to do - cameras to control, arty activites, 3D films, films in the theatre, quiet book corner for when some down time is... More
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grandeet
17 January 2018|
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Response from Puffin2000 | Property representative |
Hello, the puffins will return during April and will nest on the Isle of May and Craigleith. They will be here until July. There are approximately 55,000 puffins nesting at this time, in the Firth of Forth. Kind... More
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