Discovery Experience

Join us on an interactive adventure to explore Scotland's seas!

Open daily!

We are open daily and our seasonal boat trips run from 01 April and until September.

Inventive, great views, easy to understand information, friendly and knowledgeable staff. North Berwick is one of Scotland's finest small towns.

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Discovery Experience

Dive in to Scotland’s incredible marine environment with our transformed Discovery Experience. The all-new exhibits, games and upgraded interactive live cameras on the world’s largest Northern gannet colony, the Bass Rock, bring the wonders of Scotland's exceptional marine habitats and wildlife to life.

Our expert staff will talk you through the seasonal wildlife that you can spot using the remote cameras on the local islands and what you can expect to find along the local shoreline.

Explore the diverse marine life Scotland's seas support, from our incredible deep sea corals and kelp forests to playful marine mammals and giant seabird cities.

Discovery Experience tickets can also be purchased on arrival from our information desk. We will always do our best to accommodate walk-in visitors, provided we have capacity on the day of your visit. If you are visiting during a school holiday or weekend we recommend advance booking where possible to avoid disappointment.

Enjoy 20% off your visit to our Discovery Experience when you book a wildlife boat trip. Bookings can be made on the day of your trip at our information desk, just show your boat ticket to the team.

50% off for Children!
As part of VisitScotland’s Days Out Offer we are offering 50% off children’s tickets with a full paying adult from 19 November to 2 December. Please pre-book your tickets in advance and use the code KIDSHALFPRICE at the check out.

Book Online
Tickets for our Discovery Experience can be booked online in advance. This helps us manage visitor numbers and you can relax and enjoy your visit. Please note visit time in Discovery Experience is approximately 1 hour 15 minutes and we ask that arrivals are prompt to help with visitor flow. Thank you.

Seasonal Wildlife

Thousands of seabirds return to the islands in the Firth of Forth to breed each spring. Our seasonal wildlife calendar highlights the different wildlife you can expect to spot from our live cameras or from a wildlife boat trip at different times of year. If you want to see the puffins make sure you book a trip between April and July. Puffins only return to land for a short time to breed before heading out to sea where they spend most of the year.

Puffins spend most of the year at sea. See them between April and July each year.

Supporting our work

We want our visitors to appreciate the wonders of Scotland’s marine environment, but also understand the threats it faces and the steps they can take to help protect it. Our threats exhibits highlight the impact of noise pollution, plastics and the climate crisis on our marine wildlife in an engaging and interactive way.

We hope you enjoy your visit and leave with a greater understanding of the diverse life that Scotland’s seas support and why it's so critical we protect it.

Thank you for your ongoing support. If you would like to support our vital conservation and education work in other ways, please consider a one off donation or become a friend of the Scottish Seabird Centre.

Learn more about the cetaceans that visit and live in Scotland's seas.
© Helen Pugh

Find out how underwater sound pollution impacts our marine wildlife.
© Helen Pugh

Learn about the challenges facing our marine wildlife.
© Helen Pugh


For visitor safety we have allocated time slots for the Discovery Experience which can be booked in advance online (although we are happy to take bookings at our information desk if we have slots available that day). This ensures we can manage visitor numbers and flow in the Discovery Experience. Our wonderful staff will keep you engaged and engrossed in the incredible local wildlife to be spotted on the interactive live cameras and share details of the exceptional and diverse marine wildlife found around Scotland’s shores.

Children aged 15 years or under must be accompanied by a responsible person aged 18 or over at all times.

Visit time in the Discovery Experience is approximately 1 hour 15 mins and we ask that arrivals are prompt to help with visitor flow.
Parking in North Berwick in the summer months can be challenging and we advise you to build in extra time to your plans to take account of this. You can find details of public transport options and parking details on our plan your visit page here.

Wildlife Boat Trips
Experience the internationally important seabird colonies in the Firth of Forth up close from one of our seasonal boat trips, running April - September.

Avian Flu
Sadly, avian flu has been confirmed in gannets from the Bass Rock colony and you may notice more dead seabirds along the coastline than usual at this time of year. Although the risk to humans is very low please do not touch ill or dead seabirds. Please report ill seabirds to the SSPCA by calling 03000 999 999.