Saltcoats

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Coordinates: 55°38′07″N 4°47′23″W / 55.6352°N 04.7896°W / 55.6352; -04.7896

Saltcoats
Scottish Gaelic: Baile an t-Salainn.
Saltcoats is located in North Ayrshire
Saltcoats
Saltcoats
 Saltcoats shown within North Ayrshire
Population 11,260 [1] (2001 census)
est. 11,730[2] (2006)
OS grid reference NS245415
Council area North Ayrshire
Lieutenancy area Ayrshire and Arran
Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town SALTCOATS
Postcode district KA21
Dialling code 01294
Police Scottish
Fire Scottish
Ambulance Scottish
EU Parliament Scotland
UK Parliament North Ayrshire and Arran
Scottish Parliament Cunninghame North
List of places
UK
Scotland
For other places with the same name see Saltcoats (disambiguation).

Saltcoats (Scottish Gaelic: Baile an t-Salainn) is a small town on the west coast of North Ayrshire, Scotland. The name is derived from the town's earliest industry when salt was harvested from the sea water, carried out in small cottages along the shore. It is part of the 'Greater Ardrossan' or 'Three Towns' conurbation along with Ardrossan and Stevenston.

Transport[edit]

Saltcoats is served by regular bus and train services. Primary bus services are provided by Stagecoach West Scotland, while rail services are operated by SPT.

Although Saltcoats currently only has a single railway station, the town was once served by a second railway station to the north of the town, originally as part of the Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway. This station closed to regular services on 4 July 1932,[3] and there is no trace of the station today bar a nearby bridge.

Education[edit]

Secondary schools[edit]

Primary schools[edit]

  • Caledonia
  • Dykesmains
  • Mayfield
  • St Anthony's

Pupils from Caledonia, Dykesmains and Mayfield tend to go to either Ardrossan Academy in Ardrossan or Auchenharvie Academy in Stevenston once they have completed their seven years. Those from St. Anthony's usually go to St Matthew's Academy.

Government and politics[edit]

Saltcoats is in the Ayrshire North & Arran constituency in the House of Commons and Cunninghame North constituency in the Scottish Parliament. The Westminster seat is held by the Labour Party, and the Holyrood seat was gained by the Scottish National Party from Labour in the May 2007 election by a mere 48 votes.

Historically, Ardrossan has been part of the UK parliament constituencies North Ayrshire (1868–1918), Bute and Northern Ayrshire (1918–1983) and Cunninghame North (1983–2005). These constituencies traditionally returned Conservative or Unionist MP's until 1987, when the constituency was won by the Labour Party.

Notable residents[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Comparative Population Profile: Saltcoats Locality". Scotland's Census Results Online. 2001-04-29. Retrieved 2008-08-31. 
  2. ^ http://www.gro-scotland.gov.uk/statistics/publications-and-data
  3. ^ Stansfield, page 7
  4. ^ "The Story Behind Colin Hay's "Maggie"". Milwaukee Public Radio Interview. 2009-04-29. Retrieved 2012-08-01. 
  5. ^ http://www.doollee.com/PlaywrightsM/munro-george.html
  6. ^ http://bearalley.blogspot.ca/2010/10/hugh-munro.html

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