North Ayrshire Heritage Trails

North Ayrshire Heritage Trails

North Ayrshire Heritage Trails

Crocodile Rock and Little Cumbrae

North Ayrshire Heritage Trails

North Ayrshire Heritage Trails

The Garrison, Isle of Cumbrae

North Ayrshire Heritage Trails

North Ayrshire Heritage Trails

Millport, Cathedral of the Isles

Cumbrae - Explore Cumbrae

Crocodile Rock, c.1900; the Clyde's fiercest stone

Indeed the fiercest stone on the Clyde! The origins of the Crocodile Rock are steeped in legend. Images of the rock first appear in postcards from the 1900s but it may have existed before then. We know that it was painted for a while by Robert Brown a local architect. Another tale attached to it is that it was first painted by drinkers from the nearby bar.

Whatever the truth no visit to Cumbrae would be complete without a visit to the world-famous Crocodile Rock. Generations of visitors of all ages have posed on the rock for photographs through the years. Today the rock is painted by local volunteers and shows no decline in popularity.

Indian's Face

Another painted rock on Cumbrae is the Indian's Face. This is found on the old sea cliffs on the west side of the island.

View more images on this Flickr Photo Stream.

A classic way to pose on the Crocodile Rock.
This is how fierce the Crocodile Rock can be! A postcard produced by local photographer Walter Kerr.
At first there was some confusion about the Crocodile Rock and it was sometimes referred to as the Alligator Rock.
The Indian Face being painted by Millport Burgh Council workers.
Extract from 1910 diary of Laura Tennant, complete with drawing of the dragon.

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