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Isle of May Lighthouse


Location Guide


This location guide is partly done, we are currently working on it and it should be completed in the next month.

Photo by Norrie Adamson

The rocky island of Isle of May, located about 8 km east of Anstruther in the northern entrance to the Firth of Forth, is a bird and seal sanctuary, the Isle of May National Nature Reserve. The Lighthouse is located at the highest point of the island.

There is a second lighthouse Isle of May Low located at the easternmost point of the island and where the keeper's house accommodates a resident warden. This lighthouse was replaced by the North Carr lightship in 1887.

Lighthouse information Grid


Isle of May Lighthouse, Fife

Current status:


Geographic Position:

56 11.139'N   002 33.457'W

Grid Reference:


Ceremonial County:



Square gothic tower on stone dwelling

Map Link:

Get a Map

Aerial photo:

Marinas.com       Isle of May Lighthouse

Other photos:


Originally built:


Current lighthouse built:


Height of Tower:

24 metres

Height of light above mean sea level:

73 metres

Character of light:

Flashing (2) White every 15 secs

Character of fog signal:


Range of light:

22 nautical miles

Owned / run by:

Northern Lighthouse Board

Getting there:






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Other Relevant pages:

For more articles, lists and other information see the Lighthouses Section

Lighthouse Map of Scotland

Featured List of lighthouses - Scotland 

List of minor lighthouses and lights - Scotland  



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