Events on the May Isle

Events in 2017

The 2017 dates of events are still to be confirmed by Scottish Natural Heritage and we will post them here as soon as they are available.

Previous Events

2016 Special event days hosted on the Isle of May by Scottish Natural Heritage in conjunction with Anstruther Pleasure Cruises.

Launch of Photography Competition
Friday 1st April to Saturday 1st October
Be in with a chance to win an overnight stay on the Island.
Open to ages 8 and up

Art exhibition in the Main Lighthouse
Saturday 30th April to Monday 2nd May
Inspired by the Island, renowned artists will be displaying their work .

Seabird Weekend
Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th June
The Isle of May is home to over 200 000 seabirds, including 46,000 pairs of breeding puffins. This Seabird weekend is a chance to find out more about their fascinating lives. Get close to the birds and talk to the experts. There will be bird ringing demonstrations, telescopes, research exhibitions and more.

Evening talk and presentation  
Monday 20th June
By David Steel, SNH’s Isle of May manager. Dreel Halls, Anstruther. Learn about the Island’s wildlife and what it’s like for David and his team to live there.

Family Fun Days
Tuesday 26th and Wednesday 27th July
Face painting, storytelling, treasure hunt, crafts. Meet the Piper Puffin! Come in sea themed fancy dress to win a prize.

Celebrating 200 years of the Main Light

Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st August
History talks and guided tours. .

Open Doors to the Lighthouses
Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th September
The Isle of May has been a lighthouse Island for more than 350 years and has three lighthouses including Scotland’s Oldest, the Beacon. For the only weekend in the year, most of the lighthouse buildings on the Island will be open for visitors to explore. It is a rare chance to see inside some of the Island’s other buildings.

Seals weekend
Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd October The Isle of May has the largest East coast breeding colony of grey seals in Scotland. Come and learn more about them and view the first pups of the season. For more details go to the Isle of May page on the NNR website