How to Visit

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

RIB Osprey carrying Observatory visitors

Bird Obs bookings 2021

All 2021 weeks are now fully booked. Should any cancellations occur a note will appear on this page.

The ongoing Covid conditions are continuing to have a major impact on all walks of life including the operation of the Isle of May Bird Observatory but the Observatory is now able t0 accommodate parties of six individuals from 14 Aug 21. Please contact the Bookings secretary if you need any clarification for a week you have already booked

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 census and migration log and recording other wildlife sightings. 

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 2021 is £160. 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