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Old 17 August 2012, 07:56   #1
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Ailsa Craig

Went up to Ailsa Craig last Saturday.
Its made out of ble hone granite, which is used to make curling stones from.
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Old 17 August 2012, 09:04   #2
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Hi Brian you should have said you were going you could have come into Girvan for a dram with me. I look at the 'rock' everyday it is impressive and interesting apart from the granite. Next time give shout.
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You didnt mention a steady 10 knots is required when circumnavigating to stay ahead of the gannet sh*te salvos
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Hi Brian you should have said you were going you could have come into Girvan for a dram with me. I look at the 'rock' everyday it is impressive and interesting apart from the granite. Next time give shout.
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Is there any landing places on it?

Will probably take a trip out to there from Campbeltown later in the year when I visit there.

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Is there any landing places on it?

Will probably take a trip out to there from Campbeltown later in the year when I visit there.

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Yeah there is a jetty (near the lighthouse I think), used to ship the curling stones out in days gone by. Nice view from the top of Ailsa on a clear day.
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Yes there is a jetty to the north of the lighthouse but watch in a northerly wind as you are pushed towards to rocks.
Yes great view from top of 'the Craig' worth the climb.

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I will certainly give you a shout next time I am in the vicinity, Jambo.
There may well be the best view in the whole world from the top of Ailsa Craig, but you wont get me up there!
The "landing stage" looked a little, ehem, careworn. Is it safe? It was blowing too hard for me to safely get close to it to see.
I noted the pathway (in the last photo) running around the base of the rock. That looked "interesting" as well.

Incidentally, can I get diesel at Girvan? Er, easily?
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Brian you are right the jetty will not be in a good state of repair as it was used by the people who use to live there, the lighthouse and the quarry unfortunately none of them left! Sorry fuel would have to be hand haul from garage even the fishing boats have to have tanker delivery. Yes even a wk around the bottom half is interesting.
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I ran a diving trip to the craig a few years ago, we ran oout of Girvan on a converted fishing trawler. We managed to dive Ailsa Craig on the first day.
It is an imposing rock sticking out of the sea!
All the shallow wrecks around it are smashed to pieces as you would imagine, just some lumps and jagged edges remaining. We did not get the chance to go ashore but I would like to just to have a look around.

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