|The agate bearing Old Red Sandstone (ORS) in Ayrshire|
The Ayrshire countryside southwest of Glasgow is some of the most attractive and scenic countryside in southern Scotland.
The ORS andesitic lava is also found stretching inland along the line of the Southern Upland Fault near Straiton, Dalmellington and New Cumnock and northeast towards Edinburgh. With some exceptions, agates that have been found in these areas are generally of a poorer quality than in the coastal localities. Many of the ORS areas to the northeast also mainly lie in grass-covered uplands that have not as yet been fully explored. A smaller subsidiary area of ORS andesite also occurs inland to the east of Kilmarnock near Galston. This is the site of the famous Burn Anne agate locality.
Ayrshire has produced a huge amount of agate over the years and collecting was particularly widespread in the 1970s and 1980s. This led to the depletion of certain sites although, as always, the keen collector manages to find plenty of possibilities if he or she is prepared to persevere.
|Dunure Area||Culzean, Maidens & Turnberry|
|Burn Anne near Galston||Clyde Coast Agatised Coral|