Isle of May Boat Trips Ltd

Boat Tour

12 Taeping Close, Cellardyke, Anstruther, Fife, KY10 3YL

    Welcome to Isle of May Boat Trips a thrilling fast boat excursion to and around the Isle Of May at the mouth of the Firth of Forth to view stunning scenery, seals, seabirds (including the puffins) and dolphins if we are lucky.


    Osprey is a big 10mtr Humber Rib renown for being very safe and very stable, perfect for your trip to the Isle of May.

    She is fitted with the much demanded bench seats for your comfort and waterproofs are provided during the 20-25 minute crossing to the island made at a comfortable cruising speed.  The skipper will take the time to view the seals and the spectacular sea cliffs packed with seabirds during the breeding season.  If you are lucky you may see basking sharks, whales and the dolphins may come to play.

    Osprey is officially licensed by the Marine Coastal Authority (MCA) and Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) to land 12 passengers on the island and is equipped with full safety equipment including lifejackets.

    She offers two types of trips.

    1. Isle of May trip including 2 to 3 hours on the island (time is determined by the tide and the weather)
    2. A shorter voyage around the island to view Puffins, Seals, sea cliffs and coastal views from the boat.

    The skipper will give a commentary on the wildlife seen and points of interest taking time to stop for photographs and answer questions.

    Trips to the Isle of May on Osprey run from April to September and will give you 2 – 3 hours to wander around this wonderful island with stunning views and wildlife round every corner.


    May Island is a nature reserve owned by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) renowned for its seabird and seal colonies.  It has a newly built visitor centre which, along with rangers who will greet you on the pier, will make your visit more informative & enjoyable.

    The island is home to an incredible array of wildlife, with up to 250,000 nesting seabirds including Puffins, Guillemots, Razorbills and Shags.

    150 Seals live all year round on the island where Porpoise, Dolphin and the odd whale can be seen.  You just have to be lucky.

    In its History the May has been a monastery, a naval base, and refuge for fleeing Jacobites

    It is also home to Scotland’s first lighthouse ‘The Beacon’, superseded by Robert Stevenson’s lighthouse to protect mariners entering the Firth of Forth.

    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    Opening Times 2016
    3 Apr 2016 - 30 Sep 2016

    Sailing Times are dependant on tides

    Road Directions

    Trips run from Anstruther 10 miles south of St Andrews at the East Neuk of Fife

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