4. In fairytale fashion the sun set over Ailsa Craig.
The most notable feature of Ailsa is way in which it rises from the sea. It is clearly of volcanic origin; and while most islands have more or less of a flat surface near the shore, Ailsa has none. Ailsa is almost inaccessible apart from a shingle beach. I have only seen it from the coast, and thought it impressive from Turnberry.
According to the measurements of the Ordnance Survey, Ailsa is 3,900 feet in length (or a little over 3/4 of a mile); 2,600 feet in breadth (or a little over 1/2 of a mile); and 1,114 feet in height (or somewhat less than 1/4 of a mile).(2). In circumference, it is rather more than 21 miles, and it covers an area of 220 acres.
The nearest part of the mainland is Ardwell point, Ayr-shire, 81/2- miles; Girvan is 91/2 miles distant; Turnberry 11 1/2 miles; Pladda in Arran 12 miles; Corsewall point in Wigton, 17 miles; and the nearest part of Ireland, 36 miles.
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