Ailsa Craig

Large humped island with fishing boat. Approaching Ailsa Craig Fishing boat with gulls all around. Gulls spying a meal from a fishing boat by the island This page continues Picture Posting's amble down the west coast of Scotland with a visit to Ailsa Craig. This 240 acres island rises to just over 1,100 feet (338m) and is conspicuous from all directions around where the Firth of Clyde's waters meet those of the North Channel. Thus it appears as a pivot between the Mull of Kintyre, Arran, the Ayrshire coast and Northern Ireland, sticking sharply up out of the sea. Now uninhabited apart from its lighthouse, and a large gannet colony, it boasts a tower house and some small holiday cottages. The whole was for sale for many years, but with no takers. Its geological interest is considerable as it is formed of magma that converted to a specially hard granite leaving it standing while all around the rocks were eroded away. Steep hillside above houses by shore. Holiday cottages are the only houses, above them on the hill is the old tower house Lighthouse on shore under hill. The lighthouse is not part of the suggested £1.5 million
sale price for the island
South side of the tower house. The tower house was built in the late 1500s Looking down on the lighthouse from the hill above. Looking down from beside the tower at the lighthouse Tower house looking out to sea, lighthoue visible below. The tower was built to deter Spanish invasion but then used by a number of catholic families fleeing... Another angle of tower house with two people sitting. ...persecution by the militant protestant forces of the time. Later it became a prison Looking over the lighthouse across the sea to thin line of shore. The Lighthouse looks out across towards the Ayrshire coast some 9 miles distant View across hillside to projection of land across sea, humped at the end. The view towards the north, and Arran, with Holy Island just peeping over its southern tip, is not that different... Path leading down hill with figure, distant land across sea. ...from the view to the south looking up Loch Ryan which lies next to the Rhinns of Galloway Cliff face of basalt pillers. The basalt columns on the southwest... Cliff face with caves. ... of the island form perfect sites for... Cliffs seen from sea. ...Britain's third largest gannet colony Cliffs from sea, birds swimming below them. Cliffs, distant birds swimming. No doubt the primary reason the RSPB leases the island... Cliffs from sea, birds swimming below them. Below the cliffs guillemots swim (with one razorbill) Closer shot of nesting area on cliffs. Looking up to sky above cliffs, birds above, one clearly a gannet. this population of the birds. The RSPB estimate that there are upwards of 70,000 gannets on the island. Another shot of the nesting birds. The scale of these large sea bird colonies is always exhilarating - and each individual gannet
is itself magnificent
Boulders strewm below cliff. Pebble beaches does seem a strange name for these two foot boulders. Compare these with a similar form... Rocks at water's edge, yacht in distance. A yacht lazes a little way out - fortunately - as the photographer got left behind and this boat picked him up! Strongly lit undulations on a hillside. ...but where it is hard to judge their size. In fact this is on the hillside and they are hundreds of feet in length Island seen with strong side light and wake of boat. Evening light casts those undulations into protrusions on the dome that is Ailsa Craig

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