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Ailsa Craig Lighthouse
Girvan, Scotland

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General Information
Date Established: 1886
Date Present Tower Built: 1886
Date Automated: 1990
Height of Tower: 36 ft.
Height of Focal Plane: 57 ft.

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Description
Ailsa Craig is the granite plug of a long extinct volcano and is a solid lump of granite. The lighthouse sits on a granite strewn strand on the south of the island. The top of the craig is a lofty 1133 ft above sea level.

The light was the last paraffin incandescent lights in Britain. Ailsa Craig is commonly called Paddy's Milestone as it lies approximately halfway between Glasgow and Belfast.

The granite used to be quarried for making curling stones and there was a thriving community on the island. When the quarriers left so did the keepers families and a Shore Station was built to house them in Girvan.


Submitted by: pejayhill Date posted: Tue Dec 1, 2009 Views: 2065