Isle of May
The Isle of May is an island teeming with seabirds and wildlife. It is a designated National Nature Reserve run by Scottish National Heritage.
It was officially designated as a National Nature Reserve on 12 June 1956.
Flora and fauna
The island is home to massive colonies of seabirds during the breeding season, including a large colony of puffins as well as guillemots, eider ducks, kittiwakes, fulmars, and razorbills. Grey seals also make their home there.
North Berwick will be the closest and most easily accessible for people coming from Edinburgh and those without a car. Simply take a train to North Berwick Station. The trips are run through the Scottish Seabird Centre and fill up quickly, so book in advance. The boats are fast RIBs (rigid inflatable boats) and so are not recommended for those who are pregnant or who have back problems. Children must be at least seven years old to join.
Anstruther will be more convenient for those in Fife and with a car. The sailing will be on the May Princess with Anstruther Pleasure Cruises. The boat is more like a ferry, so suitable for those who are pregnant, have back problems, or who have small children, as there is no age requirement.
Seabirds during breeding season. The best time to see puffins is during June and July. They start arriving in April in low numbers before arriving in force in May. They leave by the middle of August.