As curling has gained Olympic popularity, so has the tale of the origin of its 44-pound stones.
Every four years, some columnist, somewhere, mentions the uninhabited volcanic Scottish isle of Ailsa Craig and its unique blue hone granite. A majority of the world’s curling stones come from Ailsa Craig.
Well, now that island can be yours for a reported $2.4 million. It’s actually a steal. The original listed price for the 220 acres was $4 million.
Aisla Craig was first put up for sale two years ago, but the news gained steam with a New York Times story Sunday.
“It’s going to go out of the family,” the owner, Scottish peer Archibald Angus Charles Kennedy, the 8th Marquess of Ailsa, told the newspaper. “But I think of it this way: It’s not going anywhere. It’s always going to be there, and it really doesn’t matter who owns it.”