In the Herald - Ailsa Craig

Date Published 
Wed 21 Jun 2023

Ailsa Craig – Copy by Andrew Winter for Irvine Camera Club 

Recently Irvine Camera Club went on an adventure into the unknown as we left Girvan, heading out into the  Firth of Clyde for the ten mile boat trip to visit Ailsa Craig.  Steeped in history and sitting out on the horizon, it is a focal point along the Ayrshire coastline and I for one did not know what to expect.

On arrival we were left to explore as the boat headed off out of sight.  With fingers crossed that it would return, we set off to explore.  Wildlife, abandoned buildings and the remnants of its historical past are the main reasons to take your camera.  It’s also a place to just sit and watch with the gulls and oyster catchers flying past, seals playing off the shoreline and sailing boats making their way past.

The boat did return, and on the way back it took us all the way around the island to see the incredible gannet colony and the quarries on the far side.  This was something special.  I have never seen so many birds and put the camera down after a while just to enjoy the spectacle.  The images presented here is just a sample of what we captured on this very special trip, one that I will never forget.

Irvine Camera Club is very active on a weekly basis.  We have photo walks arranged throughout the summer and a full programme of talks and events throughout the autumn and winter and you are very welcome to come and join us.  Full details can be found on our website