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East Ayrshire
Aest Ayrshire
Siorrachd Àir an Ear

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East Ayrshire in Scotland.svg
Area Ranked
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Admin HQ London Road, Kilmarnock
ISO 3166-2 GB-EAY
ONS code S12000008
Population Ranked
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East Ayrshire Council
MPs * Alan Brown
  • Corri Wilson
MSPs * Willie Coffey
  • Jeane Freeman

East Ayrshire (Scots: Aest Ayrshire, Scottish Gaelic: Siorrachd Àir an Ear) is one of thirty-two council areas of Scotland. It shares borders with Dumfries and Galloway, East Renfrewshire, North Ayrshire, South Ayrshire and South Lanarkshire. The headquarters of the council are located on London Road, Kilmarnock. With South Ayrshire and the mainland areas of North Ayrshire, it formed the former county of Ayrshire.

The current chief executive officer of East Ayrshire Council is Fiona Lees, who acts as a representative of the council and as a link between East Ayrshire Council parliamentary business and local residents of the authority. The current leader of East Ayrshire Council is Councillor Douglas Reid of the Scottish National Party, who is supported by the Depute Leader of the Council, currently Councillor Tom Cook of the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party.


Kilmarnock is the largest town, followed by Cumnock; other small main towns are New Cumnock and Stewarton. The area was formed in 1996, from the former Kilmarnock and Loudoun and Cumnock and Doon Valley districts. Kilmarnock is the county's capital and also largest town. The former Kilmarnock and Loudoun District Council was also twinned with Sukhum, Abkhazia. Following a review of links this link is now considered as a friendship link.

Kilmarnock and Loudoun (Cill Mhearnaig agus Lughdan in Scottish Gaelic) was one of nineteen local government districts in the Strathclyde region of Scotland from 1975 to 1996. The district was formed by the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973 from part of the county of Ayrshire, namely:

Apart from the former burghs the district included the towns of Hurlford and Kilmaurs.

The district was abolished in 1996 by the Local Government etc. (Scotland) Act 1994, which replaced the regions and districts with unitary council areas. The district's area was combined with that of Cumnock and Doon Valley to form the East Ayrshire council area. The name Kilmarnock and Loudoun continues to be used for a constituency of the House of Commons and, covering a similar area, a Kilmarnock and Loudoun constituency of the Scottish Parliament.


There are many early settlements within East Ayrshire. The Burns Monument Centre and Dick Institute also hold local newspapers from 1834 to date (some have been indexed), together with a selection of maps. The Burns Monument Centre holds local photographs and postcards. Microfiche/film readers are available within the Burns Monument Centre and the Dick Institute.


Train Station Panorama
Kilmarnock is the largest settlement in East Ayrshire with a population of over 46,000 and is home to the HQ for East Ayrshire Council
Old Cumnock Old Church and mercat cross
Cumnock is East Ayrshire's second largest settlement in terms of area size and population

Towns and villages

Places of interest

Dumfries House from the west
Dumfries House located in Cumnock has developed itself as a major local tourist attraction
  • Aiket Castle
  • Dalmore House and Estate
  • Loch Doon
  • Loudoun Castle
  • Kilmaurs Place
  • Rowallan Castle
  • Scottish Industrial Railway Centre
  • Sorn Castle
  • Stair House
  • Dean Castle
  • Tam O' Shanter Hone Works, Dalmore
  • Robertland House
  • Dumfries House
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