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Published: August 28th 2008
Reception and car parking - Grandma and Daddy at the entrance
The entrance to the Scottish Sea Life Sanctuary, though clearly shown from the road, takes you through a short wooded area that takes you in a sudden turn into a whole new world...
On our 3rd day of our visit, the weather starting slightly deteriorating, so we put on our jackets, packed our stuff for a picnic, and headed for The Scottish Sea Life Sanctuary.
The place, located on the banks of Loch Creran, is a great choice for a full day out with the children. The premises comprise a very enjoyable mini aquarium plus a busy seal rescue facility, the Shoreline Coffee Shop with fantastic views of the port and the woods behind... On top of that, an adventure play trail and forest walk would compliment your experience as the area is surrounding by an incredibly rich flora, allowing a relaxing and contact with Nature...
The Scottish Sealife Sanctuary at Oban came about around 1980, after a young seal pup was found abandoned by the mother and thereafter brought to the centre by Suffolk Wildlife and Country Park as they were unable to provide the pup in trouble with proper care. Since then, the centre has played an important role in the care and conservation of the Common Seal (Phoca vitulina), providing care and rehabilitaion to abandoned seal pups in the West Coast of Scotland.
This first seal would finally
stay at the Sanctuary where visitors can see her in the lochside pools as she became so attached to human contact that it was impossible to return her to her natural environment.
Nowadays more than a dozen seals in trouble from the Scottish West Coast, as well as from the North and from the East accasionally, are treated in the rescue centre to be then released as adults into the wild with a minimum handling from the staff so they will be able to develop and breed once released in their real environment.
We must say, we did enjoy our daily stay at the Scottish Sea Life Sanctuary and our daughter had a lovely day full of things to do and explore. The members of the team were extraordinary and always ready to come and offer advice.
Would definitely recommend it...
You can obtain further information about the centre by visiting their website at:
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