Ayrshire Archives holds a wide range of records relating to Ayrshire's rich heritage from medieval charters to modern day digital documents. These records are a valuable resource for many different types of research from family history to local history and beyond.

Ayrshire is divided into three local authority areas: East Ayrshire, North Ayrshire,  and South Ayrshire. 
The records for each area are available at the local archive centre.

This online guide is designed to help you find the records for your research and to  plan your visit to the appropriate centre.

It is vital that you contact us before planning a visit so that we can point you in the right direction.


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Ayrshire Archives HQ has moved to a temporary new home

Ayrshire Archives headquarters are now located at the Watson Peat Building, SAC Auchincruive, Ayr KA6 5HN, telephone 01292 521819. We are open to visitors every Tuesday from 9.30am-1pm and 2pm-4pm by appointment only. Please telephone 01292 521819 Monday to Friday to make an appointment or email archives@south-ayrshire.gov.uk
Many of our records are held at our centres in Kilmarnock and Saltcoats. We can also make records available at these centres when we are closed in Ayr - please contact us for details.

All of East Ayrshire former burgh records and the Kirk Session Records for the Presbytery of Ayr are available at The Burns Monument Centre  in Kilmarnock and access to the records is by appointment only. Please contact us at 01292 521819 to arrange or email archives@south-ayrshire.gov.uk
Many of the North Ayrshire former burgh records are held at The Heritage Centre  Saltcoats.

Additional records are constantly added to our various centres so it is important to contact us at Headquarters to check where the records you are looking for are held.  Call us 01292 521819 or email archives@south-ayrshire.gov.uk