Definitions for ailsa craig
Ailsa Craig is an island of 219.69 acres in the outer Firth of Clyde, 10 miles from mainland Scotland, upon-which blue hone granite was quarried to make curling stones. The now uninhabited island is formed from the volcanic plug of an extinct volcano. The island, colloquially known as "Paddy's milestone", was a haven for Catholics during the Scottish Reformation in the 16th century, but is today a bird sanctuary, providing a home for huge numbers of gannets and an increasing number of puffins. The island is currently owned by The 8th Marquess of Ailsa but since May 2011, has been up for sale: as of March 2013, the asking price is for offers over £1,500,000, down from the original asking price of £2,500,000.
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a rocky islet of Ayrshire, 10 m. NW. of Girvan, 2 m. in circumference, which rises abruptly out of the sea at the mouth of the Firth of Clyde to a height of 1114 ft.
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