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Hebridean Whale & Dolphin Trust opens new visitor centre in Tobermory

The Hebridean Whale & Dolphin Trust [HWDT] has opened the doors to its new Visitor Centre – on Tobermory’s Main Street – and are inviting everyone to drop in to explore the new space.

The completed renovations, supported by a grant from the Coastal Communities Fund, have transformed the premises into an informative hub, highlighting the different species of whale, dolphin and porpoise [collectively known as cetaceans] found in the Hebrides and the conservation work of the Trust.

Pauline Massey, the Visitor Centre Manager, says, ‘The centre is generating a lot of interest and visitors are complimenting us on our new and improved look. The ‘underwater’ room is proving to be especially popular with our younger visitors.’ No surprises there. Even the thought of it is alluring.

The Hebridean Whale & Dolphin Centre will provide locals and visitors with the opportunity to learn more about Hebridean cetaceans – with some fascinating insights into local populations.

The space will also be used to explain the conservation work the Trust does aboard their research yacht, Silurian – with a large touchscreen that allows people to interact with the data collected and understand its application.

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There is also a dedicated room for tinies, with games and puzzles to be enjoyed.

Throughout the season, HWDT staff and volunteers will run a series of programmes and events from the centre, again encouraging both locals and visitors to get involved.

  • They will be running daily porpoise spotting tours, teaching participants how to scan and survey from land.
  • Talks will take place each day at 15:30 – all ages welcome.
  • There will be workshops running throughout the day, based in the centre and even on the beach in good weather – again, all ages welcome.
  • Finally, special events with guest speakers will be taking place on Thursday evenings throughout the summer.

To find out more about the summer schedule of events, email – or, for anyone in Tobermory, just come in and find out.

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Ella Potts, the new Visitor Centre Assistant, says: ‘This is such a fantastic space in which to learn about our local cetaceans – I think people will be amazed to learn about the diversity of species we have here through our free talks and workshops. We even have real bone, teeth and baleen samples to play with.’

The Hebridean Whale & Dolphin Centre will be open seven days a week during the season, from 10:30am – 4:30pm. Entry is free, although donations are more than welcome.

There may be a small charge for specific events held, this will be made clear on any promotional materials.

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