Isle of May photography workshop


The Isle of May photography workshop is aimed for all levels of photographers.

Join us to photograph one of Scotland’s great wildlife events.  The breeding birds colonies on the Isle of May include: Puffins, Arctic and Common Terns, Razorbills, Guillemots and Shags. Most of these birds can be seen and photographed at very close quarters, especially the Puffins and Terns.  The Isle of May photography workshop will show you how to photograph the birds in their natural habitat and we will explain our techniques for successful wildlife photography. This will include exposure compensation, shutter speed, aperture settings and focusing modes. The trip on the boat lasts from around 4.5 to 5 hours in total, which includes 2.5 to 3 hours ashore on the Island, and if the weather allows a slow circumference of the island by boat to allow visitors to enjoy the spectacular scenery and wonderful wildlife from the sea.  The boat also has a small snack bar and toilets and there are toilets on the island


The Isle of May photography workshop may be booked by, using our contact form, and a booking form will then be emailed to you.


  • The cost per person for parties of two or more up to a maximum of six is £95 and this includes the £25 boat fare.
  • The cost for one to one tuition is £150.
  • The fee for our workshop includes the cost of the boat trip to the Isle of May but does not include, your transport to the meeting place, car parking, insurance. photographic equipment/materials or food and drink.
  • A non returnable 50% deposit is required one month before departure with the balance due one week before sailing.  Please read our terms and conditions.

Dates and Times.

The workshops are available most weekends and the sailing timetable can be found on the Anstruther Pleasure Cruises website by clicking here.  We require a minimum of one week notice but this is subject to boat availability.


  • Camera equipment: we suggest a lens with a minimum focal length of 70-200 mm but longer lenses would be better for closer photographs. A monopod or tripod is a good idea if you’re using longer lenses.
  • Food and drink: There are no catering facilities on the island though the boat does serve hot and cold drinks with some snacks.
  • Appropriate clothing: Please bear in mind that the weather in Scotland can be variable so you may want to pack some waterproof clothing.  A good pair of shoes/boots are essential as the paths on the island are narrow and may be wet and muddy, Please keep to the paths at all times as Puffins have their nests underground and these may be near the paths.  The landing point for the boat is in close proximity to a colony of Arctic Terns, these birds will swoop and dive on you, especially during their breeding season, so try and bring sturdy hat or cap.