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Isle of May
in Great Britain

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Isle of May

The Isle of May is a small island located in the Firth of Forth, off the east coast of Scotland in Great Britain. It is the largest island in the Firth of Forth, measuring approximately 1.5 miles long and 0.5 miles wide. The island is a National Nature Reserve and is an important breeding ground for seabirds, including puffins, guillemots, razorbills, and kittiwakes.

The island has a rich history, with evidence of human activity dating back to the Iron Age. In the 5th century, St. Ethernan established a monastery on the island, which was destroyed by Viking raiders in the 9th century. The ruins of the monastery can still be seen today. In the 12th century, a lighthouse was built on the island, and it is still in use today.

The island was also the site of a number of important historical events. In 1563, Mary, Queen of Scots, visited the island and signed the Treaty of Edinburgh. In 1651, Oliver Cromwell's troops landed on the island and captured the castle. During World War II, the island was used as a base for a Royal Navy seaplane.

Today, the Isle of May is a popular destination for tourists, who come to enjoy the beautiful scenery and wildlife. The island is accessible by boat from Anstruther, and there are guided tours available. The island is also a popular spot for birdwatchers, who come to observe the many species of seabirds that nest on the island.

Excursion tips for a day in Isle of May

As a tourist on Isle of May in Great Britain, there are plenty of activities to enjoy in just one day. Here are some of the top things to do:

1. Take a guided tour of the Isle of May National Nature Reserve.
2. Visit the Isle of May Lighthouse and climb to the top for stunning views of the island.
3. Go birdwatching and spot some of the many species of seabirds that inhabit the island.
4. Hike around the island and explore its unique landscape.
5. Take a boat trip around the island and admire its rugged coastline.
6. Learn about the island’s history and visit some of its archaeological sites.
7. Enjoy a picnic lunch on the beach and soak up some sun.
8. Visit the Isle of May Bird Observatory and observe the local wildlife.
9. Explore the island’s natural caves and rock formations.
10. Take a fishing trip and try your luck at catching some of the local fish.

Experience Isle of May with unforgettable activities by our partner GetYourGuide. The offer is also ideal as a special gift idea for family and friends who are planning to visit Isle of May. Cancellations are possible up to 24h before the start of the activity (unless otherwise stated in the activity description), with a full refund of the booking price.

The climate in Isle of May

The climate on the Isle of May in Great Britain is mild and temperate. In the spring, temperatures range from 8-12°C (46-54°F) and there is usually a lot of rain. In the summer, temperatures range from 13-17°C (55-63°F) and there is usually some sunshine. In the autumn, temperatures range from 8-12°C (46-54°F) and there is usually a lot of rain. In the winter, temperatures range from 4-7°C (39-45°F) and there is usually some sunshine. The Isle of May in Great Britain has a mild and temperate climate with temperatures ranging from 4-17°C (39-63°F) and varying levels of sunshine and rain throughout the year.

Cruise weather for Isle of May

Our weather forecast for Isle of May helps plan your stay according to the weather. For sunny days, pack light and breathable clothes, swimwear, and sunscreen. For winter weather, it's recommended to bring warm clothes, gloves, a hat, sturdy footwear, and a raincoat.

Date Icon Temperature Wind speed/gusts Cloudiness/Visibility Air humidity/pressure Sunrise/Sunset
Jul. 20th 2024 Jul. 20th 2024 max: 16.3 °C
min: 13 °C
18.7 m/s
26.3 m/s
99.5 %
19.8 m
90.5 %
1,006 hPa
Jul. 21st 2024 Jul. 21st 2024 max: 15.2 °C
min: 12.1 °C
28.4 m/s
38.2 m/s
81.7 %
24.1 m
80.2 %
1,007 hPa
Jul. 22nd 2024 Jul. 22nd 2024 max: 15.8 °C
min: 12.6 °C
37.4 m/s
52.6 m/s
82.9 %
23.6 m
86.8 %
1,007 hPa
Jul. 23rd 2024 Jul. 23rd 2024 max: 14.3 °C
min: 12.9 °C
27.0 m/s
32.8 m/s
55.5 %
24.0 m
86.2 %
1,019 hPa
Jul. 24th 2024 Jul. 24th 2024 max: 15.5 °C
min: 12.5 °C
25.9 m/s
36.0 m/s
73.6 %
24.1 m
83.5 %
1,016 hPa
Jul. 25th 2024 Jul. 25th 2024 max: 16.1 °C
min: 13.2 °C
30.6 m/s
41.8 m/s
53.1 %
23.8 m
86.7 %
1,006 hPa
Jul. 26th 2024 Jul. 26th 2024 max: 15.4 °C
min: 11.9 °C
31.7 m/s
40.0 m/s
57.6 %
23.7 m
78.3 %
1,008 hPa
Jul. 27th 2024 Jul. 27th 2024 max: 15.7 °C
min: 11.5 °C
25.6 m/s
33.8 m/s
53.3 %
24.1 m
78.6 %
1,014 hPa
Jul. 28th 2024 Jul. 28th 2024 max: 14.9 °C
min: 11.6 °C
19.0 m/s
23.4 m/s
99.3 %
24.1 m
74.8 %
1,019 hPa
Jul. 29th 2024 Jul. 29th 2024 max: 14.2 °C
min: 12.2 °C
17.3 m/s
22.7 m/s
64.0 %
23.3 m
79.0 %
1,014 hPa
Jul. 30th 2024 Jul. 30th 2024 max: 14.6 °C
min: 11.7 °C
17.5 m/s
19.2 m/s
51.6 %
22.0 m
77.1 %
1,013 hPa
Jul. 31st 2024 Jul. 31st 2024 max: 14.0 °C
min: 11.5 °C
18.0 m/s
20.2 m/s
46.6 %
24.1 m
79.3 %
1,011 hPa
Aug. 1st 2024 Aug. 1st 2024 max: 13.3 °C
min: 12.6 °C
19.4 m/s
19.4 m/s
85.3 %
24.0 m
82.2 %
1,011 hPa

Cruises to Isle of May

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Scheduled ship calls in Isle of May, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Date Ship Arrival Departure Details
Sep. 1st 2024 Sunday, 1st of Sep. 2024 Queen Mary 2 08:59 pm 09:30 pm
May 24th 2025 Saturday, 24th of May 2025 Silver Endeavour 10:30 am 08:00 pm

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