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South Ayrshire
Sooth Ayrshire
Siorrachd Àir a Deas
Coat of arms of South AyrshireSooth AyrshireSiorrachd Àir a Deas
Coat of arms
Official logo of South AyrshireSooth AyrshireSiorrachd Àir a Deas
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South Ayrshire in Scotland.svg
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Constituent country Scotland
Lieutenancy area Ayrshire and Arran
Admin HQ County Buildings, Ayr
 • Body South Ayrshire Council
 • Total 472 sq mi (1,222 km2)
Area rank Ranked 15th
 • Total 112,550
 • Rank Ranked 19th
 • Density 238.55/sq mi (92.10/km2)
ONS code S12000028
ISO 3166 code GB-SAY

South Ayrshire (Scots: Sooth Ayrshire; Scottish Gaelic: Siorrachd Àir a Deas) is one of thirty-two council areas of Scotland, covering the southern part of Ayrshire. It borders onto Dumfries and Galloway, East Ayrshire and North Ayrshire. On 30 June 2020, the population of South Ayrshire was 112,140.

Following the 2017 council election, the Labour Party and the Scottish National Party (SNP) announced an agreement to control the council, supported by both independent councillors, despite the fact that the Conservatives emerged as the largest single party on the council with twelve of the twenty-eight elected members, with the SNP's Douglas Campbell serving as Leader of the Council and Labour's Helen Moonie returning as Provost.

South Ayrshire is currently one of the Scottish bids competing for city status as part of the Queens Platinum Jubilee celebrations in 2022.

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

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