***** The Marine Visitor Centre is now re-open, with new policies and procedures in place to ensure the safety of everyone *****
– Unless exempt, please wear a face covering
– Only one household, or two individuals inside at any time
– For health & safety, we’ve had to modify our displays and minimise our hands-on experience
– Opening days/hours are subject to weekly change – please check our facebook page for most recent updates

Octopus Centre

The Centre is suitable for all ages and entrance to the exhibition is free.

Opening times:
We have recently re-opened following the coronavirus pandemic. 
We aim to open Tuesday – Friday, from 11am-3pm but this is subject to volunteer availability.
For weekly hours, please check our facebook page.

Wheelchair access:
Through the roadside gate (next to the Coastguard entrance), a ramp to the Centre and fully accessible public toilet facility.

For groups and special needs:
If you are a group of over 8 people or if you have any special needs, get in touch so we can help organise your visit.

We have a marine-themed gift shop and card payments are accepted.
All proceeds support the COAST charity. Card payments are accepted for purchases or donations. No minimum charge.

Free high speed broadband WiFi
This is present throughout our site, inside and outside, with the password available from reception.

Tennis courts:
The tennis courts are always open, please use the honesty box when the centre is closed. More information here.

Refreshments:
Tea, coffee, and Arran Dairies ice cream are available in our inside and outside seating areas.

Fill your water bottle!
Ask us to refill your water bottle. COAST is part of the “Arran fills bottles” initiative, by Arran Ecosavvy.

Paid group activities:
We can offer half days or full days of activities for groups if you book in advance. Please contact us for details and prices and to discuss your needs further.