Saturday, August 12, 2006

Paddy's Milestone

Following up from yesterday, this is a view from the cliff path at Culzean Castle looking towards Northern Ireland. The correct name for the island you see in the distance is Ailsa Craig, but legend has it that long ago one of the giants who lived in Northern Ireland was quarrelling with a giant who lived in Scotland and threw a 'rock' at him which didn't quite make it.

This granite plug was considered to be the finest source of material for the manufacture of curling stones used in the roaring game. Since it is now a bird sanctuary, I don't believe the stone is quarried from there any more. [I've been wrong before and I'll probably be wrong again!]

On a very clear day, you can in fact see the coast of Northern Ireland from here, but only as a dim and distant smudge on the horizon. At the right season you'll see seals sunning themselves on the rocks at the foot of the cliff and there are always sea birds to be seen.

2 comments:

Chris said...

Do you think the birds would miss the odd bit of stone here and there?

duffy said...

Firstly, you seem to be getting rather good weather in Ayrshire! I am growing rather jealous.

Secondly, welcome to the world of blogging! I look forward to your pics, rants, stories and general blogging banter. I hope you find it as useful as the rest of us!