South Ayrshire

South Ayrshire

South Ayrshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Àir a Deas, ) is one of 32 council areas of Scotland, covering the southern part of Ayrshire. It borders onto East Ayrshire, North Ayrshire and Dumfries and Galloway.

The administrative boundaries were formed in 1996, and it is a direct successor to the Kyle and Carrick district.

The Conservative Party currently lead a minority administration in South Ayrshire, with Hugh Hunter as Leader of the Council and Winifred Sloan as Provost.

County Buildings

South Ayrshire's Headquarters, "County Buildings", are located in Wellington Square, Ayr. The buildings were built in 1931 and opened by King George VI. The buildings also hold Ayr Sheriff Court.

Towns and villages

Places of interest


Secondary Schools

School School roll Opened Area Served notes
Ayr Academy 715 1880 North Ayr Scotland's oldest secondary school
Belmont Academy 1400 1960 South Ayr 6th Largest school in Scotland
Carrick Academy 846 1926 Maybole Present buildings built in 1974
Girvan Academy Girvan and (South) South Ayrshire
Kyle Academy 902 1979 East Ayr
Marr College 1233 1935 Troon and Loans funded by money left by CK Marr
Queen Margaret Academy 662 1977 Roman Catholic pupils in South Ayrshire Only Roman Catholic school in South Ayrshire
Prestwick Academy 1200 1902 Prestwick, North Ayr, Symington and Monkton

Closed Schools

Council political composition

Party Councillors
Conservative 12
Scottish National Party 8
Labour 7
Independent 3
Conservative Councillors: Hugh Hunter (Leader of the Council) Winifred Sloan (Provost) Margaret Toner (Depute Council Leader) Mary Kilpatrick (Depute Provost) Peter Convery, Bill McIntosh, John Hampton, Bill Grant, Robin Reid, Hywel Davies, Ann Galbraith and Iain Fitzsimmons

Scottish National Party Councillors: Nan McFarlane (Group Leader), Stan Fisher, Tom Slider, Ian Douglas, Mike Peddie, John Allan, Mairi Low and Alec Oattes.

Labour Councillors: John McDowall (Group Leader) Phil Saxton, Helen Moonie, Ian Cavana, Eddie Bulik, Andy Campbell, Sandra Goldie

Independent Councillors: Brian Connolly, Elaine Little and Douglas Campbell

Previous Elections

The Council elections in May 2003 resulted in a "hung" Council where both the Labour Party and the Conservative Party had 15 seats. Control of the Council was nominally given to the Labour party after a "cutting of the cards", though such an unstable arrangement had a detrimental effect on the decision-making process. In November 2005 the leader of the Labour group Andy Hill resigned, allowing the Conservatives to govern with a 15-14 majority until the 2007 election. Gibson MacDonald became Leader of the Council with Robin Reid as Deputy Leader.

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