Islay Natural History Centre

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The Natural History Centre in Port Charlotte, Islay, is a fascinating place to visit. There are wonderful displays illustrating the island's rich wildlife, from its underlying geology to its incredible birds, butterflies, wild flowers, seashore life and mammals, as well as marine and freshwater aquariums. Kids will love all the hands-on activities, including the touch tank where they can get to know some of the local sea creatures. There’s also a large laboratory where children of all ages can learn to use microscopes, make pictures out of seaweed or even dissect an owl pellet. Visitors are encouraged to leave records of any wildlife they’ve spotted on the island. You can also browse the 211,174 records of 3050 different species in the Biological Database.