Visit the Ocean Explorer Centre

Visit the Ocean Explorer Centre

Our exciting marine visitor centre near Oban welcomes school pupils to become oceanographers and discover the marine world...

The Ocean Explorer Centre has been developed by marine scientists from the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS)to share with visitors and schools their fascination and concerns for the sea. It showcases much of the research done at SAMS. We are situated in a scenic location next to the beach on the Dunstaffnage peninsula, and adjacent to the 13th century Dunstaffnage Castle. This provides an ideal base for both indoor and outdoor education.

A snapshot of what you can do during your visit of the centre:

  • Spot and identify the sea life under our pontoon
  • Explore the life in a drop of sea water using a high-spec microscope
  • Discover the largest mountain chain on Earth on our 3-D globe
  • Learn about Arctic science, ocean currents, robots and biofuels
  • Explore the shape of the local seabed
  • Visit our cinema for short films on marine science

With the support from our education team and scientists your pupils can delve deeper into selected topics with one of our workshops

View our Workshops