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ailsa craig

By brianquinn
Made it down to the coast last night, beautiful night with incredible colours
Ailsa Craig (Scottish Gaelic: Creag Ealasaid) is an island in the outer Firth of Clyde, Scotland
The now uninhabited island is formed from the volcanic plug of an extinct volcano.
From the mid-19th to mid-20th centuries, the island was quarried for its rare type of micro-granite with riebeckite (known as "Ailsite") which is used to make curling stones. As of 2004, 60 to 70% of all curling stones in use were made from granite from the island.[7] The floor of the Chapel of the Thistle in St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh is also made of this rock.

Tags: Sunset Scotland Landscape and travel West coast of scotland Ailsa craig Scottish sunset Scottish coast

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tashi 7 2
17 Oct 2010 2:47PM
Lovely colour. Well captured.

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17 Oct 2010 2:59PM
Lovely colour.
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
18 Oct 2010 12:09AM
Superb sunset shot.
brianquinn 11 243 1 United Kingdom
18 Oct 2010 7:37AM
It was a great sunset - quite hard to go wrong!

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