Visiting the Isle of May

Thursday 7th December comments: The Isle of May NNR is a very special place for wildlife at any time of year from the breeding seabirds in the summer to the vast numbers of Grey Seals in the autumn. However its at this time of year when people start planning trips for next year and if you’ve not been, then we’d highly recommend a visit to the ‘Jewel of the Forth’, the Isle of May.

The Isle of May is a national nature reserve home to thousands of breeding seabirds during the summer months, including over 40,000 pairs of Puffins (the largest puffin colony on the east coast of the UK). Its a unique experience and an opportunity to encounter nature at your feet and we mean that quite literally as you’ll be walking over nesting Eider ducks and having to watch out for pecking Arctic Terns.

The island is open from April-September with boats sailing almost daily (weather dependent) from both the north side (Fife) and south side (Lothian) of the Firth of Forth. After you’ve paid the boat fare, the island is free to enter and you can have up to three hours on the island exploring everything from the cultural history (the island is steeped in history dating back to the 7th Century), the buildings (free access to the main Stevenson lighthouse) the views and the wildlife, it really is well worth a visit.

People often ask how they can support the important work we do looking after such a magnificent place like the Isle of May and we simply say; just visit. So if you’ve been before or you are looking for something new, then get planning and we’ll see you in 2018.

Links to boat companies operating to the Isle of May:

May Princess (sailing from Anstruther): http://www.isleofmayferry.com/

Osprey Rib (sailing from Anstruther): http://www.isleofmayboattrips.co.uk/

Seabird (sailing from North Berwick): https://seabird.org/visit/boats/isle-of-may-landings/10/22/159

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