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Scottish Sealife Sanctuary

Get a close-up look at more than 30 water-based species at this wonderful aquarium and rehabilitation facility.

The Scottish Sealife Sanctuary is part marine sanctuary and part aquarium, providing a refuge for seals as well as impressive indoor and outdoor displays. Learn about the center’s rehabilitation and re-release efforts, watch feeding demonstrations and see marine life such as starfish and sharks.

View the sanctuary’s resident seals at the “Seal Meet and Greet” feeding demonstration. Learn about how the sanctuary rescues injured or abandoned common and gray seal pups found along the Scottish shoreline. The seals are treated at the sanctuary, with the goal of re-releasing them into the wild.

The center offers similar “meet and greet” sessions throughout the day for many of its other animals, including sharks and conger eels. Listen to interesting commentary provided by the staff while watching these animals be fed. Don’t miss the opportunity to see the sanctuary’s pair of playful North American otters.

Stop by the turtle sanctuary where marine turtles that have been donated, abandoned or confiscated have a permanent safe haven. The aquarium area, which houses sharks, rays and a number of other aquatic species, is also worth seeking out. Head to the nearby touch pool to hold crabs, starfish and other marine life with the guidance of staff.

Get some fresh air during a walk along the sanctuary’s Nutkins Nature Trail, a 0.5-mile (0.8-kilometer) path set within a picturesque wooded area. Be alert for badgers, red squirrels and hedgehogs as you stroll. Take a break on one of the trail’s benches and admire the beautiful views across Loch Creran.

More lovely views of Loch Creran can be enjoyed at the sanctuary’s restaurant, Shoreline Coffee Shop, which is open for morning coffee, lunch and afternoon tea. Let the kids burn off their extra energy on the playground in the Forest Adventure Play Area.

The Scottish Sealife Sanctuary is located on the shores of Loch Creran, 10 miles (16 kilometers) north of Oban. Ride the bus from Oban or drive and park on-site. Opening hours vary by season and an admission free is required to enter. Enjoy viewing intriguing marine life up-close and feel good about supporting the conservation efforts of this altruistic attraction.


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              Appin Holiday Homes

                 
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