Sìorrachd Àir a Tuath
|Coordinates: 55°40′N 4°47′W / 55.667°N 4.783°WCoordinates: 55°40′N 4°47′W / 55.667°N 4.783°W|
|• Body||North Ayrshire Council|
|• Control||Labour minority (council NOC)|
|• Total||342 sq mi (885 km2)|
|Area rank||Ranked 17th|
|Population (2010 est.)|
|• Rank||Ranked 15th|
|• Density||400/sq mi (153/km2)|
|ISO 3166 code||GB-NAY|
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|Single transferable vote|
|3 May 2012|
North Ayrshire (Scottish Gaelic: Siorrachd Àir a Tuath, pronounced [ʃirˠəxk aːɾʲ ə t̪ʰuə]) is one of 32 council areas in Scotland. It has a population of roughly 136,000 people. It is located in the southwest of Scotland, and borders the areas of Inverclyde to the north, Renfrewshire to the northeast and East Ayrshire and South Ayrshire to the east and south respectively. North Ayrshire Council is a Labour Council.
The area was created in 1996 as a successor to the district of Cunninghame. The council headquarters are located in Irvine, which is the largest town. The area also contains the towns of Ardrossan, Beith, Dalry, Kilbirnie, Kilwinning, Largs, Saltcoats, Skelmorlie, Stevenston, West Kilbride, as well as the Isle of Arran and the Cumbrae Isles.
Towns in the north (Fairlie, Largs and West Kilbride) are affluent commuter towns, while Ardrossan, Saltcoats, and Stevenston in the south, are rather more industrial. The inland Garnock Valley towns (Beith, Dalry and Kilbirnie) were once a centre of steel and textile production; however, this has long since gone. Tourism is the main industry on Arran and Cumbrae; however, the number of holiday homes on the latter has begun to squeeze locals out of the housing market. Regeneration is currently taking place at Ardrossan Harbour and Irvine town centre, and there has been a rapid increase in the building of new housing in recent years.
The SNP formed a minority administration in the North Ayrshire council area in May 2012, though they were replaced by the Labour Party after a by-election in Irvine West in 2016. In the British Parliament, North Ayrshire is covered by the Central Ayrshire and North Ayrshire and Arran Parliamentary constituencies, both of which are represented by MP's belonging to the Scottish National Party (SNP). In the Scottish Parliament, the council area is divided into Cunninghame North and Cunninghame South, both represented by SNP MSPs.
Towns and villages
Places of interest
- Barrmill Park
- Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park
- Eglinton Country Park, Irvine
- Eglinton Tournament Bridge
- Irvine Harbour
- Spier's Old School Grounds