How to Visit

For general booking inquiries download the booking procedures document or contact the Bookings Secretary: Mark Newell on or call him on 07909 707971

RIB Osprey carrying Observatory visitors

The observatory can accommodate up to 6 visitors usually staying for a week, arriving and departing on a Saturday, though individual arrangements can be made where bookings and boat arrangements allow. The observatory is open from mid-late March through to early November. Those staying are expected to carry out the observatory duties during their stay including keeping up a daily bird and migration log and recording other wildlife sightings. 

Bookings for 2021 are being delayed until February 2021 in order to be better informed by the impact of Covid-19 on observatory operations. Details to follow.

Approaching the observatory buildings down “McLeod’s Path”

All prospective visitors are encouraged to contact the Bookings Secretary for up to date news on availability and to receive a booking form.  The current weekly charge (including the boat) for 2020 is £145. Transport to the island is provided by the RIB ‘Osprey’ or the “May Princess” subject to weather, tide and other logistics, these boats also run regular day trips to the island from Anstruther. For further information, check out their websites: 

Heading to the Isle from Anstruther

Additional information on visiting the island and its status as a National Nature Reserve can be accessed through the SNH website. 

The Isle of May is a remote island, with difficult access, uneven terrain, cliffs, deep water and other hazards. All Observatory guests are asked to take great care and suitable safety precautions when staying with us. Health & Safety Risk assessments for Observatory Residents are available by clicking here