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Saltcoats is located in North Ayrshire
Saltcoats shown within North Ayrshire

11,260 [1] (2001 census)

est. 11,730[2] (2006)
OS grid reference NS245415
• Edinburgh 77.6 mi
• London 430.8 mi
Council area
Lieutenancy area
Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district KA21
Dialling code 01294
Police Scottish
Fire Scottish
Ambulance Scottish
EU Parliament Scotland
UK Parliament
Scottish Parliament
List of places
Coordinates: 55°38′07″N 4°47′23″W / 55.6352°N 04.7896°W / 55.6352; -04.7896
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 of the Firth of Clyde, carried out in small cottages along the shore. It is part of the "Greater Ardrossan" or "Three Towns" conurbation along with Ardrossan and Stevenston.


The harbour was designed by James Jardine in 1811.[3]

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,[4] and there is no trace of the station today bar a nearby bridge.

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. Both seats are held by the Scottish National Party.

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.


In the late 18th Century, several shipyards operated at Saltcoats, producing some 60 to 70 ships. The leading shipbuilder was William Ritchie, but in 1790 he moved his business to Belfast. By the early 19th Century the town no longer produced ships.

Notable residents[edit]


  1. ^ "Comparative Population Profile: Saltcoats Locality". Scotland's Census Results Online. 2001-04-29. Retrieved 2008-08-31. 
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on September 16, 2009. Retrieved January 31, 2010. 
  3. ^ "James Jardine: Overview of James Jardine". Retrieved 2016-05-01. 
  4. ^ Stansfield, page 7
  5. ^ "The Story Behind Colin Hay's "Maggie"". Milwaukee Public Radio Interview. 2009-04-29. Retrieved 2012-08-01. 
  6. ^ "George Munro". Retrieved 2016-05-01. 
  7. ^ Steve (2010-10-04). "Bear Alley: Hugh Munro". Retrieved 2016-05-01. 

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