The operational lighthouse is celebrating 200 years of operation
The Isle of May in the Firth of Forth is having a double celebration in 2016. Its operational lighthouse is celebrating 200 years of service to the mariner and the island is celebrating 60 years as a National Nature Reserve. To mark these occasions the Northern Lighthouse Board, who own and operate the lighthouse, and Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), who own the island are working in partnership and have opened the lighthouse to the public. Tours are organised through SNH and are available from 1st August every day till the end of September. Within the lighthouse building is a display explaining the light’s history as well as an art exhibition of works depicting scenes of the island and its wildlife in the lighthouse. It’s free to visit the nature reserve and lighthouse, but you must take a boat trip to reach the island. To access the lighthouse you must wear sensible footwear, be over 1metre in height and be fit to climb the stairs. HOW TO GET THERE Sailings are on the privately-run May Princess or Osprey from Anstruther Harbour or through the Scottish Seabird Centre in North Berwick. ANSTRUTHER For tickets and details visit www.isleofmayferry.com (May Princess) or www.isleofmayboattrips.co.uk(RIB Osprey). NORTH BERWICK For tickets and details, book online at the Scottish Seabird Centre www.seabird.org or call 01620 890 202. Download Isle of May Leaflet (see attached) IN THE LIGHT OF THE MAY Isle of May Lighthouse Exhibition The Museum of Scottish Lighthouses at Fraserburgh are holding a special exhibition celebrating 200 years of the Isle of May from 1 September 2016 to 28 February 2017. http://lighthousemuseum.org.uk/
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