|From Island to Ice|
|Added: 21 Dec 2013|
|Ailsa Craig Blue Hone|
|Added: 07 Nov 2013|
|Another delivery of Ailsa Craig Blue Hone to the Kays of Scotland Factory in Mauchline.|
|The Green Machines|
|Added: 29 Oct 2013|
|2 ’New Ice Boss Green Machines’ have arrived in Scotland and will be delivered to the ice rinks this week. These machines feature enhanced specifications including 36 volt operation with direct drive! This means the machines will work longer between recharges and they are also extremely quiet in operation combined with the famed Ice Master reliability, these machines are the way forward ! |
|Operation Ailsa Craig 2013|
|Added: 02 Oct 2013|
|Operation Ailsa Craig 2013 has been completed.|
Kays of Scotland have removed more than 2000 tonnes of Ailsa Common Green Granite and 500 tonnes of the much valued and sought after Ailsa Craig Blue Hone from Ailsa Craig in an operation lasting 5 weeks!
"The removal of the granite guarantees curling stone production at our Mauchline based factory for the next 10 to 12 years." Managing Director Donald Macrae said.
Its been 11 years since we last removed granite from the island and the operation encouraged interest from the Olympic Broadcast Service and NBC television from America.
Both tv companies will show footage taken from the island during the Olympics in Sochi in 2014, an event that will use Kays Of Scotland Curling Stones.
Please checkout our Facebook page for photos! More will be added over the next couple of weeks!
|Commonwealth Games Baton 2014|
|Added: 20 Aug 2013|
|Kays of Scotland will provide a miniature curling stone to be given to each country (71 in total) during the baton relay around the Commonwealth that starts on the 9th October from Buckingham Palace.|
The relay will conclude at the opening ceremony of the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games commencing in July.
The curling gem stone is made from Ailsa Craig Common Green Granite, the same material as used in the making of the curling stones to be used in the Sochi Winter Olympics Games! Managing Director Donald Macrae said ’ we are delighted to be involved in such a fantastic project’ .
|St Gallen Switzerland|
|Added: 26 Jun 2013|
|Great news that the ground breaking ceremony for the new 5 sheet curling club in St.Gallen will take place next week!|
|Kays Of Scotland|
|Added: 25 Apr 2013|
|Kays of Scotland would like to say that inspite of stories circulating the United States and Canada that we are running out of granite or stopping production are completely unfounded!|
Kays have unlimited supplies of Ailsa Craig Common Green Granite and brand new Ailsa Craig Blue Hone Granite. Production is in full swing!
Please contact us if you wish to upgrade/ trade in your curling stones and have the latest Olympic Specification Ailsa Craig Curling stones in your curling club/rink.
Remember Kays of Scotland is the only curling stone company in the world making Olympic Specification curling stones using new and NOT recycled granite.
|Vancouver Olympic Stones Are Coming Home|
|Added: 22 Apr 2013|
|The Vancouver Olympic Stones are coming home to Scotland! The stones have been traded in by the Canadian Curling Association against 5 sets of brand new Ailsa Craig Common Green Stones with 2 New Ailsa Craig Blue Hone Inserts. These stones are Olympic Speciafication and are the same that will be used in the upcoming Winter Olympic Games in Sochi in 2014|
|Olympic Test Events|
|Added: 12 Mar 2013|
|The Official Olympic Test Events at the Ice Cube Curling Centre in Sochi Russia have been successfully completed. Kays of Scotlands stones were used in both the World Wheel Chair and the World Juniors to great acclaim from all the competitors!|
Kays of Scotland wishes all the teams good luck for the future.
|NBC TV Crew Come to Scotland|
|Added: 30 Jan 2013|
|A NBC tv crew arrive in Scotland this week to make a documentary/ information film about curling, its stars, its origins and how curling stones are manufactured. The crew will visit the last site of a Grand Match (The Lake of Menteith) Near Aberfoyle, Greenacres Curling Rink, Kays of Scotland Factory and take a helicopter tour of Ailsa Craig.|
|Sochi 2014 Olympic Stones Begin Their Jouney|
|Added: 16 Jan 2013|
|The Kays of Scotland Curling Stones that will be used in the test events this year in February/March and the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi Russia have left the UK and are on route to the Ice Cube Centre In Sochi.|
|Added: 04 Jan 2013|
|The testing of the stones to be used in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games has been completed. The stones will be used in the test events in February 2013 at the World Wheel Chairs and the World Junior Championships in Sochi.|
|Added: 30 Dec 2012|
|All at Kays of Scotland would like to pass on their congratulations to Kate Caithness President of the World Curling Federation on the announcement of her being awarded an OBE for her services to curling in the Queens New Years Honours!|
|Added: 14 Dec 2012|
|Kays of Scotland would like to wish all our customers a very Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.|
|Kays Of Scotland Jewellery Range Launched|
|Added: 09 Nov 2012|
|Jean-Anne McCarrison, head of Giftware Sales at Kays, has been busy overseeing the sourcing and design of an exclusive range of Ailsa Craig Granite Jewellery. The transformation of this beautiful material into jewellery is something we are excited to offer to our customers via our online shop. Each piece is unique and hand crafted and will come in its own gift presentation pack. Yes, that’s right, just in time for Christmas.|
|World Curling Federation 1st Congress |
|Added: 01 Nov 2012|
|The World Curling Federation held its first ever congress in Scotland at the Turnberry Hotel in sight of Ailsa Craig. Kays of Scotland were delighted to be able to do a presentation to more than 100 representatives from 38 countries. Additionally we were delighted to host many of the delegates at specially organised Kays of Scotland factory visits.|
|Ailsa Craig Jewellery|
|Added: 30 Oct 2012|
|Kays of Scotland is pleased to announce its new range of genuine Ailsa Craig Granite Jewellery and it will be shortly available exclusively from this website. Each piece will be unique and supplied in its own gift presentation pack with information about Ailsa Craig Granite.|
|Sochi Winter Olympic Games 2014 Update |
|Added: 11 Sep 2012|
|The curling stones that are to be used at the Sochi Winter Olympic Games in Sochi 2014 have completed the production process and have now been delivered to Greenacres Curling Rink in Scotland for the rigorous testing procedures to begin.|
|2014 Olympic Supplier|
|Added: 17 Aug 2012|
|Kays of Scotland is delighted to announce that they have won the contract to manufacture the curling stones that will be used in the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi Russia in 2014.|
The body of the stones will be made from Ailsa Craig Common Green Granite.
The inserts one on each side will be made of Ailsa Craig Blue Hone Granite the only substance proven to work effectively and consistently on modern ice.
The stones will be finished to the new Olympic specification with 8mm cups.
Kays of Scotland’s Managing Director Donald Mccrae said ’This order means that Kays of Scotland will have provided the curling stones for the last 5 Winter Olympic Games. A great achievement for the Company and Scotland’.
| ||New World Class Machinery|
|Added: 17 Aug 2012|
|Kays of Scotland have perfected a new machine that finishes the running edges of curling stones. |
This process in the past has been done by hand. Now with the new machine 4 stones can be done at a time and the machine eliminates any possibility of human error.
Kay’s Factory Manager Bill Hunter is delighted with the machine and its performance.He commented that ’The time saved and the quality achieved will take Kays of Scotland’s curling stones to new levels of excellence’