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The Scottish SEA LIFE Sanctuary, Oban

3.5
#1 of 27 in Parks in Argyll and Bute
Zoo / Aquarium Nature / Park
On the shores of stunning Loch Creran, The Scottish SEA LIFE Sanctuary combines a spectacular aquarium with a seal rescue facility. You can even feed the sharks. As you travel through the aquarium, you will see over 50 marine displays. Continue on to find the Loch Creran Nature Trail, which will lead you to the exciting woodland forest adventure play area. Be sure to watch for interactive talks, animal presentations, and feeding demonstrations. Whatever the weather, there is always something to do at the sanctuary. Enjoy refreshments at the Shoreline Coffee Shop while looking over the best views of Loch Creran. Use our Oban family vacation planner to add The Scottish SEA LIFE Sanctuary and other attractions to your Oban vacation plans.
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4.3
  • We visited on a whim whilst heading to Oban. The best thing I liked was that everything is clearly explained, from why the seals are there, how they care for them, how to promote conservation with chi...  more »
  • My wife is in a wheelchair and on entering we were given a map for disabled/wheelchair users,This map was not very clear to use.We approached the main building and saw a sign for wheelchair access and...  more »
  • We visited the Scottish Sea Life Sanctuary on a wet morning. The seal and otter feedings were informative and drew the crowds. The aquarium was nice and had an interesting selection of marine life. On...  more »
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  • Went with a friend and our sons (aged 2 and 4), expected to just be there an hour or so but stayed nearly all day! Worth booking online for cheaper entrance or looking out for offers (car park tickets in fort William for example). Lots to look and and animals well cared for. Enjoyed the otter and seal feeding sessions, and the staff member who did the interactive touch pool was really good too. Play area and nature trail nice added extras. Had lunch in the cafe overlooking the loch, with good value kids lunch boxes. It helped that we went on a quiet sunny day too :)
  • A great institution doing invaluable work encouraging the humane treatment of all forms of sea life. Keep it up Merlin!
  • Although smaller than some sea life centres it was Very educational and informative, brilliant displays for children to get involved in, definitely recommend a visit.
  • Nice seal sanctuary. Small but definitely worth a detour (with small kids)
  • Love this Sea Life Sanctuary. Not too big and has great viewings of the enclosures. Animals all look well taken care of. Good shop and restaurant

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Oban's lodging options are scattered around the harbor and surrounding hills. B&Bs and inns in the main city square are convenient for sightseeing. Self-catering apartments and cottages dot the hillsides and offer views over the harbor and town. Visit the website of the town's tourism association to find and book seasonal deals on accommodations.
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