Sunday 22nd November comments: WHAT a week. The impressive new visitor centre on the Isle of May has scooped not one, but four awards this week. The centre won the Nature Tourism Award at the prestigious RSPB Nature of Scotland awards, as well as three awards at the Dundee Institute of Architects Awards.
The Nature Tourism award recognised the “high quality visitor experience” and “unique vantage point to unobtrusively observe the island’s spectacular seabirds and seals,” as well as the information presented about the island’s “rich natural heritage.” The Dundee Institute of Architecture awards included the Best Project (Less than £500,000) Award, the Best Use of Timber Award, and a commendation for the Best Commercial/Non Domestic Award.
The visitor centre was opened in July 2014 and gives a panoramic view of the island’s rugged scenery and spectacular wildlife, including close-up views of the island’s thriving tern colony. The centre was built sustainably and was designed to fit into the landscape with a ‘green’ turf roof planted with native maritime species, reflecting the island’s coastal grasslands.
And just to show how good it really is, 25 pairs of Arctic Terns nested on its roof this year; now that is impressive. If you’ve not seen it, come and visit, the island opens from 1st April 2016…