Ailsa Craig, Firth of Clyde
Ailsa Craig, Firth of Clyde, Scotland

 This evening, I am focusing on Ailsa Craig, an ancient volcanic plug which sits in the Firth of Forth ( S.W.Scotland) about 9 miles west of the town of Girvan on the Ayrshire coast.

The name Ailsa Craig translates from  Gaelic into English as ‘Fairy Rock’.

The islands covers an area of 220 acres, is two miles circumference and 110 feet high.

Now effectively a bird sanctuary and home to colonies of gannets and puffins, historically the island is best known as a source material for curling stones. There are reports that Ailsa Craig’s very smooth blue hone granite is used in 70pct of the world’s curling stones.

The island is a mecca for bird watchers and naturalists. There are boat trips from Girvan. The paddle steamer, Waverley sometimes includes Ailsa Craig in its itinerary.

The island is also a good subject for photographers who can capture the island in the ever changing light conditions. Sometimes the island disappears completely when shrouded in mist.

 
 
Ailsa Craig, Firth of Clyde

Ailsa Craig, Firth of Clyde, Scotland

 
 
Ailsa Craig, Firth of Clyde

Ailsa Craig, Firth of Clyde, Scotland

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