Isle of May OPEN

Saturday 11th July comments: Exciting news breaking from the Isle of May NNR today as we are announcing that we will be OPEN to the public! After much discussion, organising and sorting, we will welcome visitors back to the island starting from: WEDNESDAY 15TH JULY.

This major news means people can visit to enjoy the amazing place, its stunning wildlife including over 40,000 pairs of Puffins, its breath-taking scenery (great views across the Forth) or even just to enjoy one of Scotland’s finest national nature reserves.

On 19th March we brought you the sad news that we were closing the Isle of May NNR for Covid19 related issues to help save lives and stop the spread of the virus. Since then the island has remained human-free until early June when a small number of important staff and researchers returned to carry out essential work. However from Wednesday we’ll be reopening and we can’t wait. As you would expect the boats will operate with social distancing adhered to and will apply all Scottish Government rules and advice about Corvid19. As a result numbers will be limited but bookings are been taken from all four boat companies (see the links below). On the island we will be ensuring our staff and visitors are safe and as a result we will have some restrictions in place; lighthouse will be closed, certain pathways will become one-way systems but toilets will be open.

So if you are looking for a fantastic day out, why not consider booking a trip and visiting the Isle of May, you’ll not be disappointed.

Osprey Rib (departs Anstruther) website:

May Princess (departs Anstruther) website:

Seabird Centre Rib (departs North Beriwck) website:

Bluewild (departs Dunbar) website:


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