Scottish Seabird Centre

LOCATION

NORTH BERWICK, EAST LOTHIAN

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Our View

Escape to another world at this award-winning visitor attraction, overlooking the sandy beaches of North Berwick. The remote wildlife viewing allows visitors a close up with amazing live interactive cameras providing incredible views of seabirds and other marine wildlife from the nearby islands onto giant screens. The Discovery Centre has something for all ages, an adventure to remember, come rain or shine. Add to this the 3D Wildlife Theatre, Fish Tanks, Flyway Tunnel, Turtle and Ray Zone, Kids' Corner, Kids' Play Zone and Scope Deck there is plenty to see and do. From Easter to October, weather permitting, the Centre's Seabird Seafari wildlife boat trips run to the world famous Bass Rock, the world's largest colony of northern gannets and the Isle of May National Reserve. BBC Countryfile Magazine's Nature Reserve of the Year (2014/15) (2015/16). For more details see website. Photo credit: father and daughter - Sean Bell

Scottish Seabird Centre
The Harbour, NORTH BERWICK, EH39 4SS
Phone : 01620 890202

Features

Facilities
  • Parking onsite
  • Parking nearby
  • Cafe
Accessibility
  • Fully accessible
  • Facilities: 1 wheelchair, parking on site, walking frame, lift
  • Accessible toilets
Opening times
  • Open all year
  • Opening Times: Open all year, Feb, Mar & Sep-Oct, Mon-Fri 10-5, Sat-Sun 10-5.30; Apr-Aug, daily 10-6; Nov-Jan, Mon-Fri 10-4, Sat-Sun 10-5

About the area

Discover East Lothian

Said to be the sunniest area of Scotland, East Lothian boasts a dramatic coastline. In summer, you’ll hear larks singing high above the four-mile sweep of dunes, sandy shoreline and saltmarsh that forms the John Muir Country Park, named after the Dunbar-born explorer, naturalist and father of conservation. Eider and shelduck nest in the dunes, and gannets skim the waves on their way to and from their fishing grounds and roosts on the nearby Bass Rock.

Dunbar’s prosperity was built on fishing and whaling, and its three historic harbours are still home to a busy fleet of small fishing boats. The oldest is overlooked by Dunbar Castle whose ruins now provide a home to a vast colony of 600 pairs of kittiwakes. Tucked beside a rocky headland, North Berwick’s harbour is a yachting and lobster fishing centre. For 500 years it provided a ferry on the pilgrimage route to St Andrews, which dramatically shortened the journey from the south. The handsome market town of Haddington is set in prime agricultural country on the River Tyne. It was granted the status of a royal burgh in the 12th century and later became the county town for East Lothian.

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