Wednesday, November 12, 2008

The missing mermaids of the water cave, Ailsa Craig

Immediately to the west of Stranny Point on Ailsa Craig lies the beautiful Water Cave, with its pillared entrance at sea level. It is sometimes known as the Mermaids’ Cave and winds for 43m into the heart of the Craig and is best entered by kayak at high tide before exploring the remainder on foot. Low tide leaves a rocky sill with a deep pool within, which is difficult to cross on foot. On our visit we could hear the mournful wails of seals within so we decided not to disturb them. Of course we saw no mermaids either!

Despite not gaining access to the interior, we were entranced by this enchanting place. On top of surrounding rocks, left high and dry by the receding tide, seals basked in the sun. Could these be the missing mermaids of the cave?


There will now be a break in posting. I am off to Taiwan for 10 days, after which normal service from will be resumed!


  1. Doug,

    I'd like to reference your post, "A chilling winter warning" ("Monday, January 8, 2007) in an article I'm writing on cold-water paddling for my weekly column, "In the Same Boat" at I'd also like to add SEA KAYAKING WITH SEAKAYAKPHOTO.COM to my blogroll at TAMIA NELSON'S OUTSIDE UP NORTH website. Are these alright with you?

    You've an impressive forum. Your description of your brother's capsize and hypothermia is a cautionary tale which my readers would do well to heed.


    Tamia Nelson

    Tamia Nelson's Outside Up North

    Contributing Editor & Weekly Columnist, "In the Same Boat"

  2. Hello Tamia and thank you. Please feel free to use the Chilling Winter Warning article.

    I will be delighted to exchange links :o)

  3. Thanks, Doug! My article, "A Cold Water Ominbus" will be published on 2 December at

    I'm right off to add a link to your blog to OUTSIDE UP NORTH. Thanks!


  4. PS- The link was truncated. Here it is in full