Step back in time on the Isle of May

Step back in time on the Isle of May

Visitors to the Isle of May can step back in time on Sunday, 19 August.

The Scottish Natural Heritage Isle of May National Nature Reserve’s Living History Day will feature a monk who lived in the priory in the Middle Ages, one of the lighthouse keepers who protected sea-goers for over 350 years and war personnel all people who lived on the Isle of May over the past 1000 years. And in the atmospheric South Horn, stories and songs will bring to life the rich history of this special isle.

This island is a historical gem which has been a place of pilgrimage for centuries. The May was also the site of Scotland’s very first lighthouse, built in 1636, while the current, castle-like lighthouse was designed by the engineer Robert Stevenson. There’s a dark past here too though, with Vikings and smugglers on the list of previous visitors.

David Pickett, the Isle of May reserve manager, said:
“The island is very quiet and peaceful at this time of year, so it’s the perfect time to come out and feel all the history and atmosphere of this secluded spot and meet some of the people who have lived here over the years!”

To reach the island, boats leave from Anstruther in Fife or North Berwick in East Lothian at 2pm and return at 7pm. Places are limited, so advance booking is recommended. Normal charges apply to reach the island by boat, but access to the island is free.

Sailings are on the privately-run May Princess and RIB Osprey from the Anstruther Harbour or through the Scottish Seabird Centre in North Berwick:

Anstruther For tickets and details, see www.isleofmayferry.com or email info@isleofmayferry.com (Anstruther Pleasure Cruises/May Princess) or www.isleofmayboattrips.co.uk or contact Colin Murray on 07966 926 254 (Osprey of Anstruther).

North Berwick – For tickets and details, book online on the Scottish Seabird Centre website at www.seabird.org or call 01620 890 202.

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