The Scottish Government has announced that with restrictions, the tourism sector can open up again from the 15th July. We are now operating our scheduled sailings, limiting numbers to maintain social distancing with a number of procedures in place to mitigate the risk of infection. For “track and trace” we require bookings to be made online to ensure we have all contact details and for this season you will be allocated seats on arrival. We have made alterations to seating plans and fitted perspex screens on the boat to ensure areas are separated, and are operating to a one metre distance so all passengers must wear face masks.
Please note for bookings of more than one person we will assume that you can sit together unless you indicate otherwise in the comments section on the booking form. .
The May Princess sails from
Anstruther to the beautiful Isle of May almost every day from 1st
April to 30th September. Licensed by the Maritime
Coastguard Agency to carry 100 passengers, she has been
operating on this run for the last twenty years. The trip on the boat lasts
from around 4.5 to 5 hours in total, which includes 2.5 to 3 hours
ashore on the Island, and if the weather allows a slow
circumference of the Island by the boat to allow visitors to enjoy
the spectacular scenery and wonderful wildlife from the sea. On
board enjoy the commentary and assistance during the trip from our
experienced Skipper and crew, who will try and make your day out a
most memorable one. The boat also has a small snack bar and
The May Island as it is known locally is a remarkable island which lies only 5 miles off the Fife coast and is an important National Nature Reserve owned and run by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and is open for visitors from the beginning of April until the end of September. Christened the jewel of the Forth by Anstruther Pleasure Cruises many years ago for good reason, this is truly a beautiful Island, peaceful with stunning views everywhere.
SNH have rangers stationed on the Isle of May during this time to make your visit more enjoyable and informative, they will greet you on the pier when you arrive, give a short talk on the latest information concerning the wildlife and they will also patrol the island during your visit. Isle of May is home to an incredible array of wildlife, up to 200,000 seabirds can nest on the May, which can include 90,000 Puffins, there are also large colonies of Guillemots, Razorbills, Kittiwakes and Shags (best time for Puffins is from April to mid-August ) also about 300 seals live all year round on Isle of May. Porpoise and Dolphin and the odd whale can be seen, you just have to be on the trip on the right day and be a bit lucky.
The Isle of May can lay claim to having Scotland's oldest Bird Observatory, which was founded in 1934 and manned by volunteers between March and November, the remains of a 12th Century Monastery built in memory of St Adrian martyred on the island by Norsemen in the year 875 and the oldest light house in Scotland dating back to 1636.