Ailsa Craig and its lighthouse feature extensively in Peter Hill's book Stargazing: Memoirs of a Young Lighthouse Keeper. Wagons or bogies were winched up to the substantial stone crusher and gravity was used to deliver the different grades of road stone to the waggons below that were then hauled by horses to the Quarry Pier via a line that ran in front of the lighthouse buildings and took a tight right-angled bend to run up the substantial stone-built incline to the storage area in preparation for delivery via sea to the mainland. In 1831, The 12th Earl of Cassilis became first Marquess of Ailsa, taking the title from the Craig, which was his property.  The island was used as a prison during the 18th and 19th centuries.  Ailsa Craig Common Green is a lesser quality granite than Blue Hone. , Sea eagles or erne nested at the Bare Stack until 1881 when the tenant shot the last specimen, which is preserved at Culzean Castle. Other pollinators, Toxic to Log In. Explore best places to eat potato soup in Ailsa Craig and nearby. It has nectar/pollen rich flowers. Tomato (Standard) Ailsa Craig Seeds Lycopersicon lycopersicum. In about 1587 the prominent Catholic, Lord Maxwell, landed on Ailsa while attempting to escape his pursuers and finding a fishing boat he attempted to reach Crossraguel Abbey but was captured. A distinct strain of the classic sweet and mild Ailsa Craig, this line has been specifically selected to perform in organic management systems. Ailsa Craig produced two types of granite for curling, Blue Hone and Ailsa Craig Common Green.  Robert Burns's maternal uncle, Samuel Burns was involved in the solan goose trade. , A fishermen's cottages row was under construction in the 1840s. Storage Potential: 1 month Days to Harvest: 95 Also known as Kelsae Sweet Giant and Exhibition Impress your neighbors and try growing a record-sized onion! Tomato Technically a fruit, but also Britainâs favourite summer vegetable! Very popular with amateur growers and famous for its flavour. This well known gardener's favourite produces medium sized tomatoes with a uniform size and shape and an excellent deep colour. Large straw-colored onions with small necks average 2 pounds. The feral billy goats were wont to interfere with these nanny goats and this was another reason for their demise. The source of granite for most of the worldâs curling stones and home to 700 gannets, it bears absolutely no resemblance to either a tomato or an onion.  This visitor also rather quaintly mentions that he was surprised to find three species of "reptiles" by which he meant molluscs, namely a naked black slug, the garden snail Cornu aspersum and one of the common striped snails of the genus Cepaea. The island is approximately 16 km (10 mi) west of Girvan; it is 4 km (2.5 mi) in circumference and rises to a height of 340 m (1,120 ft). The only surviving buildings on the island are the lighthouse on its east coast facing the Scottish mainland, a ruined towerhouse, that was built by Clan Hamilton to protect the area from Philip II of Spain in the 16th century and the old quarry manager's house that is used by the RSPB. Beneficial insects, Does not attract The now-uninhabited island is formed from a magmatic pluton formed during the same period of igneous activity as magmatic rocks on the nearby Isle of Arran.. Ailsa Craig would have been an ideal place for the temporary hiding of contraband goods.  Lawson sees this second chapel as being a myth. Two substantial foghorns with concrete housings were built in 1866, one at the north end of the island near the Swine Cave reached by 'the Loups' path and the other at East Trammins on the south end. Potato Blight can be a problem under glass in some years. The Ailsa Craig Exhibition Onion is a large World Record sized onion that has a unique mildly sweet flavor that is delicious in many dishes! As a result of being the most conspicuous landmark in the channel between Ireland and Scotland, the island is known by a number of different names; The Bass Rock is sometimes nicknamed "the Ailsa Craig of the East", although its prominence in the Firth of Forth is not as great as that of Ailsa Craig in the Firth of Clyde. Dogs, Toxic to Named after a small rocky island off of the west central Scottish coast near Girvan in Ayrshire, the 'Ailsa Craig' tomato embodies the ruggedness of the region. Harvesting. Columnar rock formations on the south-west side of the island. Summit ridge (338 m) across the Firth of Clyde. Lighthouse seen from the 16th century tower. A good all purpose variety producing medium sized fruit of exceptionally fine flavour and good deep colour.A good all-purpose cordon variety producing medium-sized fruit of exceptionally fine flavour and good deep colour. Three cinquefoils arranged in a 'V' shape are carved on the tower and indicate that the Hamiltons were linked with the structure. , Beneath the Main Craig at the southern end of the island and 40 ft (12m) above sea level is a cave named after the supposed smuggler MacNall. Lawson records that oil was used to produce the gas for the lighthouse light..  The gas works became redundant at this time. Français . Height: 45cm (18"). 25 seeds. The quality, large, globe shaped bulbs have a rich, golden, straw coloured skin and an excellent mild flavour. The mineral railway at the quarry end had a least one siding and a mobile steam crane loaded the larger granite blocks into the wagons that were transported to the stone crusher at the Trammins near the south foghorn, smaller stones being loaded and even moved by hand.. , The island has a fresh-water spring but no electricity, gas, sewage or telephone connections. Kays of Scotland has been making curling stones since 1851 and has the exclusive rights to the Ailsa Craig granite, granted by the Marquess of Ailsa.  An alternative Gaelic name is Creag Ealasaid meaning "Elizabeth's rock". Its uniform, mid-red fruits ripen early in the season, and have an outstanding flavour. For the largest bulbs, Onion 'Ailsa Craig' can also be sown in modules in autumn for transplanting outdoors in spring.  The rabbits and goats may have been originally introduced to supply food for the fishermen and were mentioned by Pennant in 1772 and by the Rev Abercummie in 1688, who called them by the old name of coneys..  This section of the line was worked by hand and at least two wagons remain at the site together with a set of spare wheels at the gas works. 3637 E-mail: [email protected] Charitable Registration # 87137-5721 RR0001 Ailsa Craig by William Bell Scott, oil on canvas (1860). , Hugh was however discovered by The Rev. This well-built tram line is largely intact and has a gauge of three feet with junction/points at the gas works and a further set of points that led to a siding that ran down parallel to the gable end of the gas works to presumably collect the coal ash for disposal.  In May 2011 it was announced that the island was for sale; originally given an asking price of £2,500,000, as of March 2013, the current asking price was for offers over £1,500,000. The castle has two vaulted storeys and an oven is located in a cellar with evidence of a spiral stairway that once ran to the top of the tower. Pack size: 75 Seeds; Qty £ 1.25  The first element, Aillse may represent Allt Shasann, "cliff of the English", mentioned in the Book of Leinster as Aldasain.. An annual hunt of the solan geese or gannets took place in the days of Robert Burns as the flesh was considered a delicacy. Lawson in the 1890s records that a young lady once fell over the cliff near Craig Na'an; however, her Victorian style garments caught the wind like a parachute and she escaped with her life and some broken bones that soon knit back together. Sow up to 100 seeds in a 4-6 inch pot.  The course of the mineral line is still evident near the quarries as a linear embankment that ends below Kennedy's Nag. Onion Ailsa Craig: 39: 5" 3" x 7" Onion Stuttgarter: 11: 5" 3" x 7" Onion Tropeana Lunga: 24: 5" 3" x 7" Onions (Green) Delicious Duo: 12: 3" 3" x 3" Onions (Green) He Shi ko: 25: 3" 3" x 3" Oregano Golden: 1: 7" 5" x 9" Oregano: 1: 7" 5" x 9" Other (Medium) 2: 9" 9" x 9" A heavy cropper, it can be grown in the greenhouse or outdoors. Situated at the mouth of the Clyde the island is believed by some to be the âplugâ from a long extinct volcano. , The island seems to have been a part of the Barony of Knockgarron that lay in the Parish of Dailly and the then holder, Duncan of Turnberry, Earl of Carrick established the abbey of Crossraguel and endowed it with the island of Ailsa Craig to "provide for their table". , The 12-metre (39 ft) high ruins of a 3-storey castle that stands on the eastern side of the island was built in the late 1500s by the Hamilton Family to protect the island from King Philip II of Spain. A heavy cropper, it can be grown in the greenhouse or outdoors.  Cats, Toxic to The key is to plant Ailsa Craig early and never let it slow down. An asparagus patch is valuable because the plants are ready to start growing as soon as the ground thaws, but some varieties emerge so early they can be damaged by cold. Ailsa Craig had two quite separate rail transport systems, one dated from 1886 and supplied coal, oil fuel and provisions to the lighthouse and gas works via the North Port and later the New Jetty and the other transported road stone from the quarries at Kennedy's Nags via the stone crusher to the Quarry Pier.  Some names seem self-explanatory and indeed even the 'Swine Cave' may refer to a time when the Earl of Cassilis received part of his rent in hogs from the island.. Cuttings root easily if placed in a glass of water. , The Lighthouse was built between 1883 and 1886 by Thomas Stevenson; it is owned by the Northern Lighthouse Board.. The lighthouse was automated in 1990 and converted to solar electric power in 2001; the island has been uninhabited since automation in 1990. , The mammal fauna included rabbits, and at one time goats, whilst pigs were bred here as food for the inhabitants. The Rev. The now-uninhabited island is formed from a magmatic pluton formed during the same period of igneous activity as magmatic rocks on the nearby Isle of Arran. The Northern Lighthouse Board's tramway had a section worked via a powered cableway that hauled wagons up from the North Port and later from the new jetty. Home / Canada / Ailsa Craig, Ontario / Best potato soup; ... 100 km In radius 100 km from Ailsa Craig city center. Every year that we grow it we reaffirm that Ailsa Craig is the biggest, the earliest, and the best. Bulbs in excess of 3 pounds are possible, but the real virtue of this variety is the quality. Along with bats etc. Roderick Lawson (1831–1907) thought that one of the interments might be MacNall himself, but no details of this individual have yet come to light. 50-75 Ailsa Craig onion plants per bunch Yellow, Globe Shape, Sweet, Open Pollinated Heirloom Size Potential: 8 (up to 6 pounds!) Introduced in 1887 by David Murray, gardener for the Marquis of Ailsa. After a long campaign using pioneering techniques, the rats were eradicated in 1991, and now puffins are once again raising young on the island with many other benefits accruing to both the fauna and the flora. The stone was too heavy to shift and help from the mainland was required to extract the body of the unfortunate victim. Another version states that Andrew Knox lay in wait for Hugh with nineteen others and ambushed him at the shingle beach with the result that he attempted to defend himself until he was forced back into the sea and drowned. âAilsa Craigâ onion, rareseeds.com Photo by Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds âPurple Hazeâ carrots, johnnyseeds.com ... potatoes and other cool-season crops. Space seedlings 60 cm apart and water thoroughly. Bees, Does not attract The billy goats were shot for sport in the 19th century and no longer survive; only a mounted head of one remains at the McKechnie Institute in Girvan. From the team at Gardeners' World Magazine. Lycopersicon 'Ailsa Craig' is known for attracting bees. Subscribe to BBC Gardeners' World Magazine and receive 3 issues for only £5. We live in Edmonton Cairns in the Rainforest. , The microgranite's unusual composition and crystalline texture make it particularly hard and resistant to impact, making the island's rock a favoured material for the manufacture of curling stones. Juicy and good flavored, it is popular as part of a traditional English breakfast.  It is thought that the puffins recolonised Ailsa Craig from Glunimore and Sheep Islands. The island is now a bird sanctuary, leased by the RSPB until 2050. The mineral line was built by the Ailsa Craig Granite Company Ltd. in 1909 and ran from the quarry at Kennedy's Nags via the stone crusher near the south foghorn to the Quarry Pier. Seed. This huge, 2 pound, 6â8 inch, straw yellow globe onion is amazingly sweet and firm for its size. , The chief well on the island lies above 'the Loups' and this was used by the Northern Lighthouse Board who built a cistern there and piped the water to the lighthouse complex. (2013). Barclay thereafter deliberately drowned himself in the sea or did so accidentally whilst trying to escape. Ailsa Craig produces large globe shaped bulbs with a mild flavour beneath golden straw coloured skin. The Ailsa Craig Granite Company was never a financially sound business and effectively closed in 1928. 85 days, indeterminate â The regular leaf, indeterminate vines of 'Yellow Ailsa Craig' plants bear fruit that are globe-shaped, juicy, sweet, weigh two to three ounces each on average, and are as its name implies, yellow in color. A sweet Spanish type, Ailsa Craig is reported to be a longer storing onion than other sweet Spanish types.  The monks of Crossraguel Abbey once held the island and "places of prayer" are therefore to be expected especially with a garrisoned castle nearby; it is to be noted that even the diminutive Lady Isle off Troon once had a chapel. Color is a snow-white, centers are bullâs eye single, tops are vigorous, and the flavor is very sweet. Ailsa Craig is globe-shaped and solid. How to propagate Tomato 'Ailsa Craig' Cuttings. Mrs Girvan kept goats in stone-built goat rees or pens on the good grazing near Garry Loch. , Four cottages, a shed and a small area of adjacent land are in the ownership of the Scottish Indian business tycoon Bobby Sandhu, purchased for £85,000 from the Northern Lighthouse Board. , Ailsa Craig was a haven for Roman Catholics during the Scottish Reformation. Butterflies/Moths, Does not attract There are hundreds of varieties to choose from, with fruit coming in a range of shapes, sizes and colours. Catalog editor Elisabeth gives them a prominent place in the garden where the 1â3 â¦ Ailsa Craig is a superb variety to grow from seed. Select options Add to Wishlist More details below. The island, colloquially known as "Paddy's milestone", was a haven for Catholics during the Scottish Reformation in the 16th century, but is today a bird sanctuary, providing a home for huge numbers of gannets and an increasing number of puffins. Prolific and tasty. Lycopersicon esculentum âAilsa Craigâ is a tall indeterminate variety, and has been a firm favourite with gardeners since it was bred in Scotland back in 1925. It is a prolific cropper, noted for its vigour and the exceptional flavour of its fruit. To transplant, separate out the small, grass-like seedlings by picking up a bunch and rolling them gently in your fingers. The badgers did not survive long, but the racoons bred for a number of years. It was bred and stabilized by Alan Balch from a cross between 'Fillbasket' and 'Sunrise', and introduced in 1912 by Alexander and Brown of Perth, Scotland. Indeterminate. Photographs taken in the late 19th century show the horse-drawn wagons passing in front of the lighthouse and portray the substantial railway incline and storage area. Ailsa Craig (/ˈeɪlsə/; Scots: Ailsae Craig; Scottish Gaelic: Creag Ealasaid) is an island of 99 hectares (240 acres) in the outer Firth of Clyde, 16 kilometres (10 miles) west of mainland Scotland, upon which "blue hone" microgranite has long been quarried to make curling stones. We can grow most things because of the heat and humidity but insect infestation can be problematic. No surprise because nothing you buy beats the flavour of home-grown tomatoes. Ailsa Craig Yellow Summer Onion Allium cepa (110 days) Open-pollinated. It is still considered to be one of the finest varieties. These enormous slightly oval pale straw-colored globes are sweet, mildly pungent and store but a short while. The 'Horse Well' was located behind the gasworks; the 'Castle Well' stands above Ailsa Castle and then finally the Garry Loch sits higher up and once supplied water to the tenant's cottage. Jumbo to colossal, round to teardrop-shaped bulbs with light-yellow skins. Score! Ailsa Craig is also widely available as pot grown tomato plants. Some varieties are suitable for growing outside, particularly in southern regions. This page was last edited on 1 January 2021, at 08:56. If you need any more information on growing this variety, click here to go to our main tomato page. 105 days.  Reports in December 2013 claimed an unnamed environmental trust had placed a formal bid, while in April 2014 the National Trust for Scotland was reported to be considering a bid. Mushroom Kits Onion Plants Pepper Plants Potatoes Rhubarb Plants Shallot Bulbs Sweet Potatoes Tomato Plants Vegetable Plant Collections; ... Home >> Vegetables >> Vegetable Plants >> Heirloom Vegetable Plants >> Ailsa Craig Giant Exhibition Onion Ailsa Craig Giant Exhibition Onion #02721. A number of features and places on the island have acquired names, Gaelic in most cases, such as Craigna'an (cliff of birds); Trammins (place of Elder trees); Balvar (big round cliff); Garryloo (rough hill) and Ashydoo (black hill). Ray, who loves sweet onions as much as a person can love onions, suggested that we go to Mt Vernon, Washington to the Natural Foods Co-op, who are known to offer local, organic seed selections. Little is known of the history of 'Yellow Ailsa Craig'.  The barony passed through several hands until it became the property of the third Earl of Cassilis in 1548. Onion Ailsa Craig: Onion Yellow of Parma: Onion Tropeana Lunga: Onion (Fall planted) Onion (Fall planted) Egyptian Walking Onions-Organi: Oregano Golden: Other (Medium) Other (Perennial) Parsley: Peas Blue Pea Flower: Pepper Jobito Peach It is a prolific cropper, noted for its vigour and the exceptional flavour of its fruit. Bury at least two-thirds of the stem to encourage root growth and a stronger plant. Both foghorns were decommissioned in 1966 and a Tyfon fog signal was used until 1987 when improvements in ship navigation made it also redundant. Companion planting: Try growing onions with mint to confuse and deter onion fly. Ailsa Craig is an English Heritage variety dating from 1925. Ailsa Craig is a small granite island, renowned for birds and wildlife. Andrew Knox, a Protestant minister (who later became both Lord Bishop of the Isles and Lord Bishop of Raphoe).  Apart from 2 hectares (4.9 acres) sold to the Northern Lighthouse Board in 1883, the island currently belongs to The 9th Marquess of Ailsa. People. The chapel was first mentioned, along with the castle, in 1580 by Sir James Balfour. Ð ÑÑÑÐºÐ¸Ð¹ . Two gasholders held the coal gas that powered both the compressed air pump and the lighthouse light, however in 1911 the light was converted to incandescent lighting which was powered by electricity. An old favourite, producing masses of fine-flavoured, mid-red fruits. From the mid-nineteenth century the island has been quarried for its rare type of micro-granite with riebeckite (known as "Ailsite"), which is used to make stones for the sport of curling. However, the main developer died, and the project was abandoned, with the area used instead as a walled kitchen garden until the gasworks was built. , Fishermen seem to have used the island for centuries, first being noted in 1549 and it is recorded that they even at one time slept beneath sails stretched over hollows on the beach. Spread: 50cm (20"). He speculated that they had accidentally been brought over from the mainland secreted within vegetables. Various artefacts of the quarry enterprise remain, including concrete blocks at Kennedy's Nag and steel and concrete remnants of the stone crusher near the south foghorn. Birds, No reported toxicity to Birds, Does not attract Changes to our delivery information â find out more here. Filters. The island, colloquially known as "Paddy's milestone", â¦  Boulders of distinctive Ailsa Craig microgranite known as erratics were transported by glaciers as far afield as Donegal and Pembrokeshire. The last "harvest" of Ailsa Craig granite by Kays took place in 2013, after a hiatus of 11 years; 2,000 tonnes were harvested, sufficient to fill anticipated orders until at least 2020. ... £3.50 for potatoes and fruit plants . Its uniform, mid-red fruits ripen early in the season, and have an outstanding flavour. Trim the tops to 4 inches and roots to 2 inches. Horses, No reported toxicity to Use fresh or for short-term storage. Named after Ailsa, a small round island off the coast of Scotland that is solid rock. This variety makes for a good exhibition onion but does not store for long periods and should be used in early winter. Special features of Tomato 'Ailsa Craig' Crop rotation Tomato 'Ailsa Craig' is particularly noted for the exceptional flavour of its fruit, which ripens early in the season. The track at the crusher had a siding that ran to the crusher and a set of points that led to the Quarry Pier main line.. 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