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 2022

It is hoped that the covid situation will allow for the observatory to open as normal from mid-April 2022. The only week with spaces in 2022 is the week of 23 July , bookings for 2023 open in November.

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 2022 is £165. 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 Nature Scot 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