Sunday, 19 April 2015

Sunset at Troon, South Ayrshire

Arran sunset   GJC_016806

I decided to unofficially call this lazy post  ... "The sun, two islands, two seats, an anchor and ... a bin" !

I was going to move on to the following day of the trip which I'm having difficulty editing and finding a title, but I almost forgot about the evening set and fourth post from one day.

After a busy day looking around Largs, Millport / bike ride of Cumbrae and a late afternoon look into the grounds of Kelburn Castle, I wanted to improve on my previous evenings sunset shots from Irvine.

Isle of Arran  GJC_016787

One of the things about staying on the west coast of Scotland is the opportunity to photograph sunsets using a variety of Islands as a backdrop. Some of last years material from Oban was the inspiration for this.

Isle of Arran #2   GJC_016793

The Isle of Arran seemed the obvious choice on the map for Ayrshire but one of the shots in the Irvine set where I was staying proved that it was not the ideal location. I opted to move down the coast a little to the town of Troon, famous for The Royal Troon golf course and a ferry port for Northern Ireland. It is less well known these days for the former shipbuilding of Paddle steamers, small naval vessels and Caledonian MacBrayne ferries. The company Ailsa Shipbuilding operated from 1885 to 2000. It is also less well known again that it was somewhere different for me to eat early evening dinner on this trip !!

Ballast Bank Anchor   GJC_016795

Just to add a little detail here in case anyone wonders about two of the later images. All but two (image 2 & 3) of this set were photographed from Ballast Bank behind the harbour to the south. Although I have no specific information about the anchor, the bank was created from dumped ballast from incoming ships to protect the rather exposed Troon harbour in 1840 owned at the time by The Duke of Portland. The area in the past was notorious for shipwrecks and possibly the unknown anchor signifies that point. These days Ballast Bank seems to be a picnic park, late night romancing spot !! and provides a slightly elevated view towards the Isle of Arran.

Ship wheel seat  GJC_016797

An interesting park bench with ships wheel nodding more appropriately in the direction of the harbour rather than Arran.

Ship seat sunset  GJC_016799


Arran Anchor Bin  GJC_016801


Anchor sun  GJC_016802


Bin sunset   GJC_016808

As you can see Ballast Bank is a popular destination for car drivers to eat takeaway Fish and Chips.

Ailsa Craig !!  GJC_016803

It not only provides a view to the more obvious Isle of Arran but to the unique and distant smaller uninhabited granite rock bird sanctuary of Ailsa Craig.

Arran view Bench  GJC_016804

That's enough talking on a post that was meant to let the photography speak !!

Day's end   GJC_016819


Seat landscape   GJC_016830


Photographer  GJC_016835

17 comments:

  1. Looks like you were having fun with sunsets and objects. The photos are absolutely stunning. I can't choose a favorite.

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    1. Thanks Cranberry Morning, An easy photographic post moving around to vary the foreground.

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  2. You have some really gorgeous shots here. I tell you, I could have sat on that bench for hours enjoying that view!!

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    1. Thanks Michelle, It was a great place to be for a while, although it has to be said that I didn't sit on the seat for long !!

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  3. You had a bit of serious planning to prior to fitting this lot in. It was well worth it. Subdued but interesting images; thank you.

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    1. Thanks Adrian, didn't do any planning with these sunsets. Other than being transported from Troon Railway station to the docks by bus back in 1988, I've never been back or to this location to the south. I stumbled across these objects by accident and they were all within about 50 metres of each other. It was fun and you can imagine the problem choosing one from the countless ones I captured.

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    1. Thanks Trevor, it was great to be able to try something different.

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  5. ...and they spoke thousands of words, J_on_tour! I love sunsets myself, one cansee in many of my own posts. Beautiful photos!

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    1. Thanks Traveling Hawk, sunsets just essentially speak for themselves ... but I still find it difficult not to talk.

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  6. Your sunsets are fabulous :-) I rather like the benches too ;-)

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    1. Thanks CherryPie, the benches I thought made great silhouettes, I think I was quite fortunate to come across this mini picnic park.

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  7. Stunning photos, looks like a great place

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    1. Thanks Picturit, I suppose I was fortunate enough to have all those foreground objects there to help with the repetitiveness of the main backdrop.

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  8. The photography certainly spoke alright J, amazing scenic images.

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    1. Thanks Roy, it was a fun night.

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    2. I was born and raised in this area and saw these views every other day and never gave it a moments thought. Gorgeous photos. It's only now when I'm looking at your photographs and when I'm living just about as far from the sea as is possible in the UK, that I realise how beautiful it was. I'll have to take my family up home for a visit to Ayrshire soon.

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