Sunday, 9 October 2011
A Milestone for Sale
It looks near from this photograph, but is actually ten miles off Girvan in the Outer Estuary of the Clyde. It looks relatively small, but is two miles in circumference and 1110' high. This is Ailsa Craig, the volcanic plug of an extinct volcano. In historical terms it was to be significant were there to have been a Spanish invasion to re-establish Catholicism in Scotland in the late 16th Century. By the 18th and 19th Centuries it was a prison and from then, into the 20th Century, it became a source of granite for most of the curling stones made in Scotland. Now it's a bird sanctuary and is up-for-sale. The mid-way point it occupies between Glasgow and Belfast has provided the name of 'Paddy's Milestone'.
Scottish Islands Explorer - studies stones set in the sea