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Published July 2nd 2020
Can you count all the fish?
If you are looking for an underwater adventure without getting wet, then a visit to SEA LIFE Loch Lomond Aquarium is a great place to go at any time.
It's close location to Glasgow makes it an easy day trip when visiting the city. Being on the banks on Loch Lomond, it sits on the edge of the Trossachs National Park with a beautiful view over the Loch. Inside there are over 1500 creatures who call it home, living in six different zones.
One of the first displays you'll encounter is a home to otters, where you get up close to these endangered creatures. The Deep Loch Tank has native species of sharks and rays that can be found in the waters around the UK and nearby displays have native seahorses.
The rockpool lets kids and adults get up close to all the creatures you could find around the coastline, letting you touch some of them. In the Bay of Rays, they have Scotland's only Cow Nose Rays.
Walking through the Tropical Ocean Tunnel takes you deep into the oceans, far beyond the shores of the UK, to show the diverse creatures that occupy these rich tropical waters around the world as they swim over your head. As you wander around, they have information on all the creatures on display and details of the ones that are part of conservation programs.
It's not a large aquarium but has enough in it to keep both young and old minds fascinated for a few hours. Access to the building is wheelchair and pushchair friendly with lifts available to all levels.
Throughout the day, they have talks and feeding sessions where you can find out more information about all the creatures on display and what they do to look after them. Meals and snacks are available on the third floor with a view over Loch Lomond.
With Scotland's weather changing every five minutes, you don't have to worry about it on a visit here as it's all indoors. Parking is free and available nearby with two large car parks that are part of the Loch Lomond Shores complex. Most days you should easily be able to find a spot, though on school holidays they will likely fill up.
For a more environmentally option, take a train or bus from Glasgow. The train station in Balloch is only a short walk away and the bus takes you to the main shopping centre that it's located beside.
Given the small size of the place, compared to other sea life centres, tickets seem overpriced, but if you buy online, it's possible to save 40% or check out the nearby visitor centre in Balloch as they sometimes have 50% off deals.