Isle of May National Nature Reserve, Anstruther

4.9
#2 of 16 in Nature in Fife
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  • when I booked they said there are puffins, but the boat captain,after 10 minutes from departure, he said there are no puffins now. It is unfair. i paid to see them, not an empty island.  more »
  • Went over when visiting the area ! Afraid too late to see lots of puffins ! Did see a puffling being realised on way back on boat ! Plenty of other birds to see ! Well worth a day trip over...  more »
  • an awesome island to see seabirds at close range. Guillemots, Kittiwakes, Arctic Terns, Shags and of course Puffins galore and depending on the time of the season seals as well. Well worth the visit.  more »
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  • First visit and will definitely be going again. A wonderful place for photography, the staff are extremely knowledgable and helpful. We picked a really good day as well. Catch the May Princess from Anstruther for a fantastic time out. Well worth the trip and very reasonable price.
  • What an amazing island, so worth the 2 hour drive from Edinburgh and the not so stable boattrip from Anstruther. Very cool to see puffins, seals, terns and other wild animals make the island their home in great numbers, very friendly staff on both the island and the cruises. Would recommend to anyone who enjoys nature or hiking.
  • Beautiful place with easy walks and thousands of birds. Anstruther Pleasure Cruises take you there and give you a tonne of information on what to do and see. There is so much there you literally cannot miss it. Totally recommended if you're in this part of the world. Go. Book it.
  • Not many puffins at this time of year, we went late April and it was wall to wall with these little birds then! Still teeming with wildlife nonetheless, from the territorial Artic Terns to sunbathing seals. Also saw hundreds of gannets flying past to and from Bass Rock with the occasional one stopping by to give a diving display off the island. Definitely worth a visit.
  • Fantastic place to visit. Manager: David Steele, peerless. Runs a great reserve. Puffin city. A must place to visit. The staff on Isle of May Ferry always helpful. Book early or be disappointed.

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