As promised in my St.Andrews & Anstruther blog post, here is a continuation of one of my best travel days to date, commencing in the beautiful St.Andrews, travelling to the charming Anstruther, and concluding with a ‘pleasure’ cruise to the Isle of May.
Don’t get ahead of yourself. Pleasure purely came in the way of majestic scenery- sorry to disappoint. But trust me- it’s not disappointing! The beautiful Isle of May is a short boat ride from Anstruther harbour. Transportation is presented in the form of either Ferry or Osprey. I chose the Osprey. First of all- the name sounds cooler. I mean, we all know what a Ferry is but what the hell is an Osprey right? Second of all- it looked like a lot more fun.
This is what an Osprey boat trip looks like:
Yep- thats me looking exceptionally attractive decked out in my orange waterproof suit. I was sitting near the back of the speed boat, with about six people in front of me and two behind. An Osprey is a speed boat that skims and flies along the waves in the water, getting up close and personal with all sorts of wildlife, and deposits you safe (and remarkably dry!) onto the Isle of May.
Upon touching down on the island you are granted a couple of hours of free roaming time. The Isle of May is a Scottish National Heritage Site, meaning its land and wildlife are passionately protected. There are staff members who actually live on the island during tourist season (April to September) who welcome visitors and patrol the island.
I lucked out while on the island and managed to actually encounter some sunshine! This is a rare occurrence in Scotland…
The Isle of May is home to what feels like a million birds, the largest quantity being puffins, as well as many seals and the occasional dolphin. The lighthouse pictured above is the oldest lighthouse in Scotland!
(Above) Breeding and nesting ground for around 40,000 Puffins
Beautiful cliffs, historical monastery remains, charming picnic sites, gorgeous photo ops, and many wonderful walking paths- what is not to love? The Isle of May is definitely worth a trip. Let’s just hope your boat makes it onto the island- they say there’s a 50/50 chance…(no but seriously- a number of boats can’t actually land their passengers on the island due to the rough waves- my boat was the last boat of the day to dock.) Good luck to ya- and Enjoy!