We visited Yellowcraig beach near North Berwick. The island lying 500 metres off the beach is called Fidra. Robert Louis Stevenson was a frequent visitor and it’s said to have been the model for the map of Treasure Island. His father Thomas, and cousin David, had the lighthouse built in 1885.
Puffins are known to breed on the island, as well as the nearby island of Craigleith, which in 1999 had one of Scotland’s largest colonies, with 28,000 breeding pairs. More recently, it’s said that lighthouse keepers on Fidra planted tree mallow on the Island for use as toilet paper. Unfortunately, this invasive plant spread over to Craigleith and choked the burrows, decimating the population. Volunteers have since been clearing away the mallow and puffin populations have been recovering.