Author Archives: David Steel

Life of the Light

Wednesday 23rd January comments: The main Stevenson lighthouse was constructed in 1816 and powered by electricity from 1886 (the first Scottish lighthouse to be powered by electricity) and the Beacon fell into disrepair. However a third smaller lighthouse was constructed … Continue reading

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First Electric Lighthouse

Tuesday 15th January comments: The year 1816 was a significant year for the Isle of May as the new lighthouse designed and constructed by Robert Stevenson became fully operational. As with all lighthouses, many stories followed and the isle of … Continue reading

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Stevenson Lighthouse

Sunday 13th January comments: The Beacon light had served the Isle of May well for 179 years but gradually it limitations were proving decisive. Following the tragedy of two Royal Navy boats which had wrecked in 1810, the Northern Lighthouse … Continue reading

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Scotland Oldest Lighthouse: the Beacon

Photos Above show the Beacon at present day, reduced to one floor but still sitting proud Friday 11th January comments: The Beacon stands proudly on the highest point of the Isle of May and was constructed in 1636 making it … Continue reading

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The Guardians of the Forth

Thursday 10th January comments: The Isle of May has a deep and rich history dating back to the seventh century with even a hint of Bronze Age settlements. However of all the human history on the island, the most noticeable … Continue reading

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The end?

Tuesday 8th January comments: The Isle of May; has it just lost a dear friend? Yesterday on social media Matt Brook and Mark Eaton reported the discovery of the above Guillemot (right photo) found dead on the tideline of Aberlady … Continue reading

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Visiting in April?

Monday 7th January Comments: Visitors to the Isle of May can have an amazing experience at any time of the year as every day is different from the minute we open on 1st April to the day we close at … Continue reading

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