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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Lynsey Bell (12 months ago)
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Lynsey Bell (12 months ago)
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Following The Lights (20 months ago)
A fantastic location two view three lighthouses. Two built by Stevenson lighthouse engineers and the other the oldest lighthouse in Scotland saved from demolition by Sir Walter Scott. The views are spectacular and ideal for bird watching. Day visits can be taken from North Berwick or Anstruther to the Island. The low lighthouse is now the bird watching base and staff live at the former lighthouse cottages during the bird season.
Following The Lights (20 months ago)
A fantastic location two view three lighthouses. Two built by Stevenson lighthouse engineers and the other the oldest lighthouse in Scotland saved from demolition by Sir Walter Scott. The views are spectacular and ideal for bird watching. Day visits can be taken from North Berwick or Anstruther to the Island. The low lighthouse is now the bird watching base and staff live at the former lighthouse cottages during the bird season.
Richard Wehrman (2 years ago)
Puffins, Arctic terns, razorbills, gannets, eider ducks, oyster catchers, guillemots, kittiwakes, lighthouses, and beauty all around! Month of May is a good month to visit.
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