Loch Lomond Sea Life Aquarium, Balloch

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Zoo / Aquarium Nature / Park
Visit sharks, octopuses, otters, stingray, and more at Loch Lomond Sea Life Aquarium. Touch crabs and starfish at the interactive rock pool. Meet the only giant sea turtle in Scotland. Walk through the Ocean Tunnel to see Scotland's largest selection of sharks. Take in the talent of some of Scotland's top artists in the art gallery. Check online for shark, otter, seahorse, and turtle feeding times and to book discounted tickets. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Loch Lomond Sea Life Aquarium by using our Balloch tourist route planner.
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  • We went today as two adults, partly due to the discount we got from the Bird of Prey centre. The sea-life centre is quite expensive but with the discount was reasonably priced. The aquarium is just th...  more »
  • Not the biggest aquarium but had a good variety of sea life and a walk through tunnel. It is well worth booking online, even on the same day of the visit, for a discount.  more »
  • This is the best aquarium that we've ever visited. Stunning environments and friendly, knowledgeable staff. And the fish, sharks and turtle are real stars!!  more »
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  • This is a truly spectacular place to visit. Regardless of whether you are looking to go there with kids or you want to learn something yourself about the different types of sea life in the Scottish lochs. My advice would be to buy the tickets only and in advance as you will save over 30% off the door price. The aquarium itself is great - you are led through different chambers and can see a multitude of different species of fishes. It is beautifully laid out with different fishes presented in different ways. One of the highlights is no doubt the fish tank at the end of the visit where you walk through a tunnel underneath a huge fish tank and you can see all the different a fishes, sharks, eels and a massive tortoise. It is a great place to visit, the kids are given a quiz that has them whizzing around the aquarium to find the answers. There is a cafe for a break and some snacks as well as a viewing point which allows for truly spectacular views across Loch Lomond.
  • Growing up I frequented the second largest aquarium in the United States so my expectations of this a small aquarium or low when I went in. I was glad that I was incorrect and that this aquarium was really fun especially for my young daughter. Comparing the two aquariums this one seems more child-friendly than the one I went to as a kid. The tanks and exhibits seem to be lower than the ones at the other aquarium which seem to be more geared towards adults. I highly recommend attending this if you have a free afternoon it doesn't take too long and if you have kids they will absolutely adore it.
  • Incredible fish and animals in beautiful tanks. Also some good shows, especially the rock pool demo. However it's really quite expensive, especially if you are with kids who want to race around everything!
  • Absolutely fantastic for wheelchair users! Although the front doors could be made automatic. Signage to the place is a bit sketchy.... it's definitely worth a visit especially at feeding times!
  • Travelled here for day out. after driving 1 hour 30 mins building from outside is very impressive gives illusion of it being filled with many attractions! This is where it ends. On Arriving at a door (no clear sign entrance/exit)with people coming out we made our way in jt looks not bad .then we go through into an area where there are big wall tanks ,lots of people and prams people trying to exit while your trying to view the attractions. Very off putting. So we decided to walk on to next area. Not clearly signed AGAIN lots of walking in and out of little areas???? Then we ended up in gift shop???? thought we must have missed something so decided to go back in . because it's on many floors we thought let's go up. Cinema? ?? Didn't really get what that was all about. Then up to level 4 viewing deck. Best thing about it the visit. Would not go back so glad we hadn't taken our 5 year old as would have been a wasted trip. Took 20 minutes (that's being generous ) to view whole centre.