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Off the west coast of Scotland in the Firth of Clyde is the small and isolated island of Ailsa Craig. This conical rocky island lies about 16km west of Girvan and 20km south of the Isle of Arran and is cliff-bound and covered with rough grassland.
As well as the 20-30,000 pairs of Gannet, other breeding seabirds include Common Guillemot and Black Guillemot, Razorbill and small numbers of Atlantic Puffin. In addition there are Fulmar and Shag and breeding gulls include Kittiwake, Herring Gull and both Great Black-backed Gull and Lesser Black-backed Gull.
Birds you can see here include:
Northern Fulmar, Northern Gannet, European Shag, Common Eider, Lesser Black-backed Gull, European Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Black-legged Kittiwake, Common Guillemot, Razorbill, Black Guillemot, Atlantic Puffin, Rock Dove, Rock Pipit, Northern Wheatear, Carrion Crow, Hooded Crow
Some of the more notable plants include Sea Spleenwort Asplenium marinum, Sea Campion Silene maritima, Thrift Armeria maritima and Navelwort Umbilicus rupestris.
History and Use
Areas of Interest
Access and Facilities
Ailsa Craig can only be visited by boat and permission is required, see the Tourist Office in Girvan.
Grid Ref: NX020998
Tel: 0141 331 0993
Content and images originally posted by Steve