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“Seafari Explorer sail to Bass Rock and Craigleith”

Scottish Seabird Centre
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Stairs / lift
Reviewed 27 August 2013

Wonderful 80 min sail out from North Berwick Harbour around the two islands. Gannets, seals, Shags and a couple of reported puffins although they have mostly now left the islands. The sail around the Bass Rock with close up views of the birds and Lighthouse with the running commentary on the history ( the imprisonment of the Covenanters ) makes this another Firth of Forth adventure not to be missed.

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Puffin2000, General Manager at Scottish Seabird Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 6 September 2013

This five star review is really appreciated. As you say, there’s so much to discover on our boat trips – the wildlife AND the area’s fascinating history. We hope to welcome you back soon.

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Reviewed 27 August 2013

North Berwick is beautiful ... and here you can get some of the best views in the area.
Learn all about the wonderful local seabirds and relax in the lovely cafe/gift-shop which has fantastic views out to the Bass Rock.
Then have a walk around the harbour, beaches and town centre ... bliss !!!

Thank brianpaylor
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Puffin2000, Manager at Scottish Seabird Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 6 September 2013

Really appreciate the excellent review. We have nothing further to add - you've said it all beautifully!

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Reviewed 27 August 2013

They offer many ways to see the birds and seals from the comfort if the coffee house to eight up close with going on the boat...

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Puffin2000, Manager at Scottish Seabird Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 6 September 2013

Appreciate the positive review. Both our boat trips and the interactive cameras in our Discovery Centre allow our visitors to observe seabirds and other marine life up close without disturbing them and our café must have one of the most amazing views anywhere. Come back soon!

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Reviewed 15 August 2013

We took the RIB boat trip out to Bass island and Craigleigh and it was fabulous. While it was too late in the season for puffins, we did see two of them: one profiled against the sky on the cliff top and one madly flapping along on top of the waves. Also saw gannets (quite a few) wonderfully close, dolphins and seals as well as a number of other seabirds. The guide was great and it was a lot of fun. Would recommend it. Sadly didn't have enough time due to other commitments to have a look in the centre itself.

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Puffin2000, Manager at Scottish Seabird Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 6 September 2013

Really pleased to hear you enjoyed your boat trip so much. It’s a very special experience to set sail and get close to the seabirds and other wildlife. The Centre offers a whole new way to get up close to the area’s wildlife. Grey seals will start to arrive in the area later this month for their breeding season, and some visitors to the Centre have even seen seal pups borne live on camera, so hopefully you’ll be able to visiting us again soon – we look forward to seeing you!

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Reviewed 12 August 2013

The centre has live webcams in the different places where seabirds are nesting (two on Bass rock, two on the Isle of May, two on Craigleith, two on Fidra and one in Dunbar Harbour). When inside the centre, you can control each camera, choosing where to point it and then zoom into anything that catch your fancy. It is particularly worthwhile during the summer months, when a great variety of seabirds are nesting in these different places. It may less interesting at other times the year, when there will be much less to see. However, when all the birds are there, it is an absolute treat. Thanks to the powerful zooms, you can nearly count the feathers on the birds backs as well as observe many of the rituals used by seabirds for bonding purposes. And on a rainy day, you can spend a couple of hours observing all kind of birds, including hundreds of puffins and thousands of gannets, without getting wet!

Thank LisaCatriona
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Puffin2000, Manager at Scottish Seabird Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 6 September 2013

Many thanks for the five star review, and for outlining so well the experience of using the cameras in the Centre. It’s true that the puffins head off in late July/early August, but at present there are literally thousands of gannet chicks on the Bass Rock, ranging from little fluffy youngsters to the darker adolescents. Then later this month the grey seals will arrive for their breeding season, and it’s even possible to catch the birth of a seal pup live on camera. The beautiful white seal pups are one of our visitors’ favourite sights. Hope you can come back to enjoy the Centre again soon.

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