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South Ayrshire
Sooth Ayrshire
Siorrachd Inbhir Àir a Deas
Logo Coat of arms
Logo Coat of arms
South Ayrshire in Scotland.svg
Area Ranked
 - Total
 - % Water  ?
Admin HQ Ayr
ISO 3166-2 GB-SAY
ONS code S12000028
Population Ranked
 - Total (2006)
 - Density
South Ayrshire Council
MPs *Corri Wilson
(SNP – Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock)
  • Philippa Whitford
    (SNP – Central Ayrshire)
MSPs *John Scott
(Conservative – Ayr)
  • Jeane Freeman
    (SNP – Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley)
South Ayrshire
Seats 30 councillors
10 / 30
9 / 30
9 / 30
2 / 30
0 / 30
Single transferable vote
Last election
3 May 2012

South Ayrshire (Scots: Sooth Ayrshire; Scottish Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Àir a Deas, pronounced [ʃirˠəxk iɲiˈɾʲaːɾʲ ə tʲes̪]) is one of 32 council areas of Scotland, covering the southern part of Ayrshire. It borders onto Dumfries and Galloway, East Ayrshire and North Ayrshire. South Ayrshire Council is a Conservative controlled council. The administrative boundaries were formed in 1996 as a direct successor to the Kyle and Carrick district council area, with the district of Dalmellington - located along the south-east of Kyle and Carrick - being transferred over to the newly formed East Ayrshire Council area. South Ayrshire also forms part of the east coast of the Firth of Clyde.

The Conservative Party currently lead a minority administration in South Ayrshire, with Bill McIntosh as Leader of the Council and Labour's Helen Moonie as Provost. They are working within a partnership agreement with the Labour Party, supported by both Independents.

County Buildings

South Ayrshire's Headquarters, "County Buildings", are located in Wellington Square, Ayr. The buildings were built in 1931 on the site of Ayr Jail and opened by King George VI. At the front of the buildings is Ayr Sheriff Court which was built as the original county buildings in 1822.

Towns and villages

South Ayrshire's population is mostly concentrated around the adjoining coastal towns of Ayr, Prestwick and Troon located to the north-west of the council, which represents 68% of the council's total population according to data derived from the 2011 census, with a combined population of 76,846. Other areas of significance include the towns of Maybole and Girvan which are located to the south of the council area in the district of Carrick.

A list of settlements in South Ayrshire may be found below:


Villages and Hamlets

  • Alloway (Suburb of Ayr)
  • Annbank
  • Ballantrae
  • Barassie (Suburb of Troon)
  • Barr
  • Barrhill
  • Colmonell
  • Coodham
  • Coylton
  • Crosshill
  • Dailly
  • Dundonald
  • Dunure
  • Joppa (Suburb of Coylton)
  • Kirkmichael
  • Kirkoswald
  • Lendalfoot
  • Loans
  • Maidens
  • Monkton
  • Mossblown
  • Minishant
  • Old Dailly
  • Pinmore
  • Pinwherry
  • Straiton
  • Symington
  • Tarbolton
  • Turnberry

Places of interest

  • Ailsa Craig
  • Bachelor's Club, Tarbolton
  • Bargany Gardens
  • Blairquhan
  • Burns Cottage
  • Burns National Heritage Park (Robert Burns)
  • Carrick Forest
  • Crossraguel Abbey
  • Culzean Castle
  • Electric Brae
  • Penkill Castle
  • Souter Johnnie's Cottage
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