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Isle of May, Cupar

Categories: Islands, Nature & Parks
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The Isle of May is located in the north of the outer Firth of Forth, approximately 8km off the coast of mainland Scotland. It is 1.8km long and less than half a kilometre wide. The island is owned and managed by Scottish Natural Heritage as a National Nature Reserve.Most visitors to the island are daytrippers taking the ferry from Anstruther in Fife, although up to six visitors can stay at the bird observatory, usually for a week at a time. The only way to get there is by ferry, the journey taking 45 minutes from the small ports of Anstruther and Crail, and also from North Berwick.The island is closed to visitors from 1 October until Easter to prevent disturbance to the large number of seal pups. The Scottish Seabird Centre at North Berwick has two live cameras on the island, which can be remotely controlled by visitors, to allow close viewing of the seabird cities, including puffins, guillemots, razorbills, shags, cormorants and terns and the fluffy grey seal pups in winter, without disturbance. The Scottish Seabird Centre also runs boat trips to the Isle of May.
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  • What an amazing island to visit. Lots of Birds to see. Watch out as some will attack you. Thought the boat journey over was a little crowded seating wasn't best set up. 
  • Took at boat trip to the Isle of May today. Loved it. Staff on Princess May very friendly and skipper slowed boat so we could see young puffins and other wildlife. Very scenic on the island, with dram...  read more »
  • Everyone of the staff on the island (including the crew from Princess May & Osprey) were very friendly and informative. It was a lovely sunny day for a walk exploring the island and watching the birds...  read more »
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