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Cemeteries

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Our cemeteries

We are responsible for the smooth running of 47 cemeteries and churchyards. Some of these are closed, for example, the old churchyard at Kirkoswald, famous for its links with Rabbie Burns. Others are seldom used and often in remote locations. In most of the remaining 19 operational cemeteries, burial lairs are available for purchase.

We are able to advise on all aspects of burial and memorialisation and maintain close links with funeral directors, the clergy and memorial masons in order to provide the best possible service.

Services

We offer a range of services including full family lairs, cremated remains plots, baby graves and communal areas for stillborn babies. To discuss any of these options in more detail, please contact the relevant Cemetery Office, where experienced staff will be on hand, to advise.

Please view our Management Rules for more detailed information on Cemetery management.

South Ayrshire Council is a member of the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management. Here is our guiding principles.

It is always in your best interest to make a will and let your family and friends know your wishes.

Sale of lairs in Troon, Ayr, Dunure and Bynehill Cemeteries

The pre-selling of lairs at Ayr is now withdrawn. New lairs will still be available for families requiring immediate use.

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