ayrshire-archives-logoImportant Notice

We are pleased to announce the reopening of the searchrooms at our new Headquarters in South Harbour Street, Ayr and for East Ayrshire Council at the Burns Monument Centre in Kilmarnock. Access to our searchrooms will be by appointment only. To book an appointment to view records please contact us at archives@south-ayrshire.gov.uk

Ayrshire Archives is the local authority archive service for South Ayrshire Council, East Ayrshire Council and North Ayrshire Council.

The Ayrshire Archives Service was established in 1996 by the three Ayrshire councils to preserve and make accessible Ayrshire’s documentary heritage. The archive service looks after and provides access to records of historical importance belonging to the three local authorities and their predecessors, as well as private records that relate to the historical development of Ayrshire and Arran.

Ayrshire Archives covers the whole of Ayrshire including the Cumbraes and Arran and our collections are located at various repositories across Ayrshire.

The oldest record we hold is the Burgh Charter for the Town of Ayr, dated 1205, and signed by William the Lion, King of Scotland.


Ayrshire Archives outside

Headquarters, South Harbour Street, Ayr



Burns Monument Centre, Kilmarnock



Townhouse, Irvine