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East Ayrshire
Aest Ayrshire
Siorrachd Inbhir Àir an Ear
East Ayrshire in Scotland.svg
Official logo of East Ayrshire Aest Ayrshire Siorrachd Inbhir Àir an Ear
Admin HQ London Road, Kilmarnock
 • Body East Ayrshire Council
 • Control Scottish National Party (minority control)
 • MPs
  • Cathy Jamieson
  • Sandra Osborne
 • MSPs
  • Willie Coffey
  • Adam Ingram
 • Total Expression error: Unexpected < operator. sq mi (1,262 km2 (487 sq mi) km2)
Area rank Ranked 14th
Population (2010 est.)
 • Total 119,300
 • Rank Ranked 16th
 • Density 250/sq mi (95/km2)
ONS code 00QK
ISO 3166 code GB-EAY

East Ayrshire (Scots: Aest Ayrshire, Scottish Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Àir an Ear) is one of 32 council areas of Scotland. It borders on to North Ayrshire, East Renfrewshire, South Lanarkshire, South Ayrshire and Dumfries and Galloway. With South Ayrshire and the mainland areas of North Ayrshire, it formed the former county of Ayrshire.


Kilmarnock in 2011. East Ayrshire's largest town and capital

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.[1]

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:

  • The burghs of Darvel, Galston, Kilmarnock, Newmilns and Greenholm and Stewarton
  • The district of Kilmarnock (except the part in Irvine New Town)

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.


Auchinleck House

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


Towns and villages[]

  • Afton Bridgend
  • Auchinleck
  • Catrine
  • Chapeltoun
  • Corsehill
  • Craigmalloch
  • Cronberry
  • Cumnock
  • Dalmellington
  • Dalrymple
  • Darvel
  • Drongan
  • Dunlop

  • Netherthird
  • New Cumnock
  • Newmilns
  • Ochiltree
  • Patna
  • Polnessan
  • Priestland
  • Rankinston
  • Riccarton
  • Sorn
  • Stair
  • Stewarton
  • Trabboch
  • Waterside

Places of interest[]

  • 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



Constituency Member Party
Kilmarnock and Loudoun Cathy Jamieson Labour Co-op
Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock Sandra Osborne Labour

Scottish Parliament[]

Constituency MSPs[]

Constituency Member Party
Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley Willie Coffey SNP
Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley Adam Ingram SNP

Regional List MSPs[]

Constituency Member Party
South Scotland Claudia Beamish Labour
Chic Brodie SNP
Jim Hume Liberal Democrats
Joan McAlpine SNP
Aileen McLeod SNP
Graeme Pearson Labour
Paul Wheelhouse SNP

Local government[]


Party Members
2007 2012
SNP 14 15
Labour 14 14
Conservative 3 2
Independent 1 1

• Denotes party which forms or supports the administration.


Ward Councillors Party
Annick Ellen Freel Independent
Eòghann MacColl SNP
John McGhee Labour
Kilmarnock North Helen Coffey SNP
Andrew Hershaw SNP
Maureen McKay (Group leader) Labour
Kilmarnock West & Crosshouse Tom Cook (Group leader) Conservative
Lillian Jones Labour
Iain Linton SNP
Douglas Reid (Group Leader) SNP
Kilmarnock East & Hurlford Jim Buchannan SNP
John Campbell SNP
Gordon Cree Labour
Drew McIntyre Labour
Kilmarnock South John Krapp Labour
Hugh Ross SNP
Jim Todd SNP
Irvine Valley Alan Brown SNP
George Mair Labour
Bobby McDill SNP
John McFadzean Conservative
Ballochmyle Neil McGhee Labour
Stephanie Primrose SNP
Jim Roberts SNP
David Shaw Labour
Cumnock and New Cumnock William Crawford Labour
William Menzies Labour
Kathy Morrice SNP
Eric Ross Labour
Doon Valley John Bell SNP
Elaine Dinwoodie Labour
Moira Pirie Labour



External links[]

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