Ailsa Craig

Whenever you travel along the South Ayrshire coast, the views out to sea are dominated by an enormous, impregnable seeming rock that rears vertical cliffs straight out of the sea. Ailsa Craig is the “plug” of a long extinct volcano.

The principal reason to visit is the huge gannet colony that nests there; boat trips sail regularly from Girvan harbor to carry the ornithological minded. Ailsa Craig was once in the possession of Crossraguel Abbey, whose ruins stand midway between Kirkoswald and Maybole on the A77.

The Abbey was founded in the 18th century and remains one of the most outstanding pieces of medieval architecture in Scotland.