Looking for something to do in Loch Lomond (that doesn’t count on good weather)? Give SEA LIFE a go and you’ll soon realise that Scotland is as beautiful under the water as above it.
From otters and turtles to sharks, rays and seadragons (yup, that’s a thing), there are loads of cool creatures in residence here. And if all the excitement gets a bit much, grab some coffee and shortbread looking out over the loch. Lovely.Check dates
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The view from the cafe is a must see.
It's cashless now so remember bank cards.
Access for prams was great.
As you’d expect, the sea creatures are the stars of the show here and there are loads to choose from.
The Asian short-clawed otters are clever as well as cute. They’ve got different calls to say hi, warn about danger and to have a good old flirt with potential mates – if the enclosure’s steamed up and there’s some Marvin Gaye playing, you know the score. There are also Black Tip Reef Sharks and Lesser Spotted Dogfish (a native species). And seeing Scotland’s only Cownose Rays is actually a very moo-ving experience. Sorry, we had to.
Everything’s split into zones so you can see the creatures in environments just like their natural habitats. There’s a rare albino dogfish in the Lochs of Scotland zone, the otters slink over rocks and slide into pools, and in the Tropical Ocean Tunnel, you feel like you’re walking next to sharks on the sea bed. Doesn’t get much more exciting than that!
Located in Balloch, SEA LIFE Loch Lomond is easy to find. Use Google maps to get there by car or hop on a train from Glasgow Queen Street Monday-Saturday or Glasgow Central on Sundays. It’s usually open 10am but closing times vary, so it's worth checking before your visit.
Pre-book your tickets rather than just showing up and bring your contactless card – it’s cashless. And it’s recommended that you continue to wear facemasks here by the way, even though official restrictions are over.
There’s full disabled access at the centre and disabled toilets. But they don’t provide wheelchairs you can borrow on the day. You can park up kids prams in the buggy park, there’s plenty of baby changing and pop into the cafe on the 3rd floor for coffee and cracking views.
Into conservation? Ask staff about the SEA LIFE Trust and their local and international projects – there’s lots of exciting stuff going on.