Sunday 11th February comments: The Isle of May National Nature Reserve is ready. On 31st March we’ll be opening our doors to visitors from far and wide and the big question is; are YOU visiting?
The booking systems are now ‘live’ on the various private boat operators who run boats to the island (see links below) from both Anstruther (Fife) and Seabird Centre (North Berwick). The island is a ‘must do’ and is on many peoples ‘bucket lists’ so why not visit? And remember once you’ve paid your boat fee, its free to land and you get up to three hours to explore the spectacular Isle of May.
During the summer months the island is home to thousands of seabirds including over 40,000 pairs of Puffins (the largest Puffin colony on the east coast of the UK), as well as thousands of Guillemots, Razorbills, Shags, Kittiwakes and many more. And don’t forget to bring a hat…those Arctic Terns peck your heads – you’ve been warned. If it is history you are interested in, why not climb to the top of the Stevenson Lightouse, open at weekends (and free to enter) throughout the summer or check out Scotland’s oldest lighthouse, the Beacon.
Whatever your reasons, come out and visit, you’ll not be disappointed. For further boat information including sailing times and prices, check out the private operators websites below:
May Princess (sails from Anstruther): http://www.isleofmayferry.com/
Osprey Rib (sails from Ansthruther): http://www.isleofmayboattrips.co.uk/index.php
Seabird Rib (sails from North Berwick): https://seabird.org/visit/boats/isle-of-may-landings/10/22/159