Ailsa Craig Hotel

24 Royal Terrace, Edinburgh, Scotland EH7 5AH, United Kingdom
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by call_me_rhia about Ailsa Craig Hotel

There was this song I used to listen to, by the Men They Couln't Hang, and it went: the boad rode south of Ailsa Craig in the waning of the light.... well, when it came to pick a hotel in Edinburgh they were only names to me. And because they were just names, i figured I might as well choose one with a name I liked and that brought back memories. the Ailsa Craig is central enough, in a quite and pretty location, near plenty of restaurants and attractions.

Scottish Island..Ailsa Craig


The tomb shaped island is located approximately 10 miles west of Girvan in Scotland. It belongs to the administrative district of South Ayrshire, in the ancient parish of Dailly. Rising to 338 metres, the island consists entirely of a volcanic plug.a lighthouse on the east coast facing the mainland and a ruined keep of uncertain origins perched on the hillside above.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 was used to make curling stones. The floor of the Chapel of the Thistle in St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh is also made of this rock.The island is now a bird sanctuary. Huge numbers of gannets nest here and following a pioneering technique to eradicate the island's imported population of rats a growing number of puffins are choosing to return to the Craig from nearby Glunimore and Sheep Islands. There is also a light house there adding to its beauty.


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Andy spins a tale overlooking Ailsa CraigAndy spins a tale overlooking Ailsa Craig

View from the carparkView from the carpark

Signs at Herminston Park & RideSigns at Herminston Park & Ride

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Are there any whales for the coast of Scotland

by louiseks

Hello, I was told that there would be whales for the coast of scotland in this time of year does anyone know if that is correct and could you point out where I should go to..

Re: Are there any whales for the coast of Scotland

by globetrott

Hi !

I once saw some in Island of Skye, BUT whales of the smallest kind, and they looked similar to dolphins - but in the newspaper they were said to be a sort of whales , and they also showed the typical way to move the tail before diving again.


Re: Re: Are there any whales for the coast of Scotland

by jamesfmunro

A google search on "whale watching in scotland" should get you some info.

A whale is a whale - small dolphin or otherwise. Depends on how big you want your whale to be. Scotland, like most other places in the north Atlantic, has populations of minke, orca, porpoise etc. How easy it is to guarantee seeing these things is another story. People at sea off the Western Isles seem to see whales not infrequently. Nearly 10 years ago, a juvenile male humpback spent a couple of weeks in the Firth of Clyde and I was fortunate enough to see it. A friend of mine (a professional ornithologist) sees whales often enough, but then he lives on Ailsa Craig, which is a large rock off the west coast.

Re: Are there any whales for the coast of Scotland

by Speysider

Hello Louise
they may be able to help you, lots of Dolphins not to sure about many whales!

Re: Are there any whales for the coast of Scotland

by vichatherly

I recently went on a sea safari from the Isle of Skye. It mentioned whales in their brouchure, and although they did try their hardest, there were no whales to be found. Saw some seals, puffins and other birds on a lovely three hour excursion...helped by the brilliant weather.

Have fun...we had a brilliant week in on Skye

Travel Tips for Edinburgh

Hidden Tranquility - Princes Street Gardens

by scotlandscotour

Down in a quiet corner of Princes Street Gardens: This beautiful, peaceful strip of greenery - between the Castle and the awful shops of Princes street - seperates the Old and New Towns, and is a wonderful place to relax.

Towering above it are cliffs, upon which stands the impressive Castle complex. The area around the fountain is therefore much photographed and is usually packed with young tour / school groups eating ice cream.

Its a lovely place to relax in the sun - almost 'continental' - certainly not Scottish.

See my other pictures for a street level view of the shops - argh!

Pentland Hills for fresh air,...

by EdinburghRoc

Pentland Hills for fresh air, dry ski slope.
South Queensferry Two bridges 'Forth Bridge' the rail bridge one of the wonders of the world over one hundred years old. The road bridge, opened in 1964.
Deepsea World in North Queensferry under the rail bridge.Great photos to be taken and romantic walk back, south side east to Cramond.

The Abbotsford Bar & Restaurant

by St_Vincent about The Abbotsford Bar & Restaurant

Despite a rather uninspiring exterior this is a nice looking pub inside, complete with wood panelling and a marvellous decorative ceiling. There is a large island bar with good service and a good range of real ales. Seating around three sides of the pub is popular for lunchtime meals and there is also a restaurant upstairs. The service in the Abbotsford is some of the best I have experienced.


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Address: 24 Royal Terrace, Edinburgh, Scotland EH7 5AH, United Kingdom