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Ailsa Craig

A rocky conical-shaped island in the Firth of Clyde, ten miles west by north of Girvan., Two miles in circumference, it is eleven hundred and twenty-nine feet high. Its perpendicular cliffs have long been the haunt of sea birds, and until the eighteenth century its solan geese and their eggs were considered delicacies. Curling stones have for long been manufactured from its rock. Popularly nicknamed 'Paddy's Milestone' because of its efficiency as a landmark to Irish travelers, it has had a lighthouse on it since 1883. In the second version of 'Duncan Gray cam' here to woo', Burns refers to the island:
"Duncan fleech'd and Duncan pray'd
(Ha, ha, the wooing o't!),
Meg was deaf as Ailsa Craig
(Ha, ha, the wooing o't!)...."
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