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The Scottish Sea Life Sanctuary, tucked away in a spectacular forest on the beautiful Loch Creran, is fast becoming one of the most popular attractions in Scotland. Home to some of the UK’s most enchanting marine creatures and set in one of the most picturesque settings in Britain, it’s not hard to see why. Its clear waters explore over 30 fascinating natural marine habitats containing everything from Octopus to Sharks, giving you the chance to get up close and personal with them all.

The Scottish Sea Life Sanctuary was conceived by John Mace who sadly died before its opening in 1979. His idea for the Sanctuary came about after he noticed a growth in public interest in fish farming and the native marine environment. His family and colleagues brought the idea to mind and the Sanctuary is now dedicated to him. The centre has been concerned with the rehabilitation of seals since the 1980s when a young pup was abandoned by her mother and given to the Sanctuary by Suffolk Wildlife and Country Park who were unable to care for her. The shores of Creran combine a spectacular aquarium with a superb seal rescue facility that has continued to flourish year after year.

The Sanctuary offers daily talks and feeding demonstrations from the team of marine experts who offer you the chance to get friendly with some sharks and rays, as well as hold some starfish and crabs. Be sure not to miss the SOS rescue facility which features a busy Seal pup nursery and the chance to find out about all the hard work that is put into caring for the numerous stray, sickly or injured seal pups. Always present is the resident common seal - Lora. A firm favourite amongst staff and visitors, you are sure to leave with a new found fondness for Lora and her friends. The unique grace and elegance of these enchanting mammals can be viewed in the Underwater Seal Observatory. There is also a woodland Forest Adventure Play Area for children, and whilst you’re outdoors, why not partake in the Loch Creran Nature Trail? Perfect for a family of explorers! If you fancy a break during your visit, be sure to stop by the Shoreline Coffee Shop boasting the best views around of Loch Creran.

The coast and sea lochs of Scotland are home to both Grey and Common seals. Each year roughly 15 pups are handed into the sanctuary, where they are then reared and released back into the world. All this is done with minimum handling from staff, leaving the adult seals to develop and breed in their own specialised environment. Seal conservation is hugely important as they are being hunted on a regular basis, some for the size and quantity of their coats. Seal hunting has been a large commercial business since the 18th Century, even though many conservation bodies have gone to great lengths to prevent it. New to the Sanctuary is a refuge for endangered freshwater turtles, the latest in a Europe-wide network of breeding facilities for these beautiful and exotic animals, many of which have been pushed to the brink of extinction.

The Sanctuary is open daily from 10am (except Christmas Day). There is free parking and coaches are also welcome. Here at Argyll Holidays, we are a mere hour and a half drive way. This October and November we are offering up to £80 off a three night stay at lodges and caravans in Hunters Quay and Drimsynie Estate, check out the Argyll Holiday Special Offers page for more details.

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