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Name: Isle of May Light  

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Nearest Town or City:
Anstruther, , United Kingdom

Location: Island in Firth of Forth, southeast Scotland.

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Photo: Courtesy of Michel Forand
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Managing Organization:
Northern Lighthouse Board


This was the first permanent light station in Scotland.

Tower Height: 79

Height of Focal Plane: 239

Characteristic and Range: Two white flashes every 15 seconds, visible for 22 nautical miles.

Description of Tower: Square tower on stone dwelling.

This light is operational

Date Established: 1636

Date Present Tower Built: 1816

Date Automated: 1989

Fog Signal: Discontinued 1986 (was 4 blasts every 150 seconds).

Current Use: Active aid to navigation.

Open To Public? Grounds only.

Tours of the island are available from Anstruther Harbour -- see


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