Isle of May Priory

Isle of May, United Kingdom

The Isle of May Priory was a community of Benedictine monks established for 9 monks of Reading Abbey on the Isle of May in the Firth of Forth. It had been founded by 1153, under the patronage of David I of Scotland. The priory passed into the control of St Andrews Cathedral Priory in the later 13th century, and by 1318 had been relocated to Pittenweem (see Pittenweem Priory).

Mary of Guelders, bride of James II, visited the island and the shrine of St Adrian in June 1449, according to Mathieu d'Escouchy. On 24 August 1539 Mary of Guise and James V made a pilgrimage to the Isle of May. They took three ships, the Unicorn, the Little Unicorn, and the Mary Willoughby. It was believed that a visit to the shrine of St Adrian could help a woman become pregnant.



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Founded: 1153
Category: Religious sites in United Kingdom

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Tailor Ex (9 months ago)
Such a wonderful experience! Worth every Penny and the crew on the boat were lovely as well! (Anstruther Pleasure Cruises ) Thank you!
Craig Marr (10 months ago)
Brilliant way to spend a day, great crew on the boat, wildlife is spectacular on the island with puffins the stars of the show but razorbills, guillemots, shags, kitiwakes, fulmars, terns make a great supporting cast!
Shreeram Deshpande (11 months ago)
Just an amazing place to go for birdwatching. It's a paradise! Take the ferry from Anstruther at 10am and return for 2pm. There were thousands of Puffins, Gannets, Razorbills, Shags, Gulliemots, Eider, Terns, Kittiwake and Seals!
yiqin zou (12 months ago)
Great view! Although the weather was not good on the day I visited, still found so many lovely birds and the nice view. The cruise was quite horrible, felt very sick during the journey, but everything on the island worth it.
Brian Malcolm (2 years ago)
Excellent place to watch the Puffins..... also plenty of other seabird varieties.
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