Cemeteries in North Ayrshire

North Ayrshire Council has 41 cemeteries, 12 of which are in regular use. Our records start from around 1855 onwards, when the primary legislation was introduced.

Our cemeteries offer a variety of services including:

  • full burial (FB)
  • memorial gardens for cremated remains (CR)
  • memorial gardens for babies (B)
  • woodland or meadow burial (W/M)

Full burial lair (FB)

A full burial is available in each one of our operational cemeteries. This provides interment or burial of up to 3 full size adult coffins. This is described as a new lair or grave and locations are normally selected by cemetery staff.

Sometimes the capacity of a lair can be limited due to reasons such as rocks or drainage. The owner of the lair would be advised of this, through the funeral director, prior to the burial taking place.

Once the lair has reached its capacity there is normally sufficient space for ashes or Cremated Remains and a lair will have capacity for up to 6 caskets of cremated remains.

Cremated remains lair

A cremated remains lair carries the same Exclusive Rights of Burial as a full burial lair but with the exception that interments are restricted to cremated remains. As with a full burial lair the right to erect a memorial is also provided for a cremated remains lair.

Gardens of remembrance (CR)

Gardens of Remembrance for cremated remains are located in Knadgerhill - Irvine, Ardrossan, Largs Brisbane Glen, Millport and High Road - Stevenston.

Gardens of Remembrance for babies can be found in Knadgerhill - Irvine, Ardrossan, Largs Brisbane Glen and Kilbirnie cemeteries.

Memorial gardens for babies (B)

We have special areas for baby burials in Largs Brisbane Glen, Ardrossan, Kilbirnie and Knadgerhill. There are 2 options available - a private baby lair or a shared baby lair. A private lair allows you to erect a small memorial and will usually accommodate 2 baby interments and up to 4 cremation caskets. 

The shared lair is provided in a dedicated area where you are able to have your baby buried in a lair shared with other babies. In this setting there is no opportunity to include the cremated remains of other adult family members at a later date. This area is maintained as an open lawn area so there is no option of a memorial, however if you wish your baby's name recorded on a central memorial, this can be arranged.

There is no fee for the interment of your baby or their cremated remains. However, there is a fee for the purchase of the lair as well as the cost of any memorial and subsequent burial of cremated remains. 

Woodland or meadow burial (W/M)

This is a grave opened for 1 burial after which a tree is planted on the grave. No headstone is permitted, however wild flowers may be planted on the lair. Coffins can be made of wicker, willow, cardboard or recycled paper.

Scattering of cremated remains is allowed on a previously bought lair and is normally carried out by cemetery staff.

Cemeteries within North Ayrshire
CemeteryLocationAvailability
Ardrossan Cemetery Sorbie Road, Ardrossan FB, CR, B, W/M
Beith Auld Kirk Main Street, Beith Full
Beith Cemetery Kings Road, Beith FB, W/M
Beith High Kirk Beith Full
Old Head Street Churchyard Beith Full
Dalry Cemetery West Kilbride Road, Dalry FB
Dalry St Margaret's Churchyard The Cross, Dalry Full
Dreghorn Cemetery Station Brae, Dreghorn FB
Dreghorn Parish Churchyard Townfoot, Dreghorn Full
Knadgerhill Cemetery Stanecastle, Irvine FB, CR, B
Old Parish Churchyard Townhead, Irvine Full
Shewalton Cemetery Ayr Road, Irvine FB
Brodick New Cemetery Brodick, Isle of Arran FB
Brodick Old Cemetery Brodick, Isle of Arran Full
Kilbride Churchyard Lamlash, Isle of Arran Full
Kilmory Churchyard Kilmory, Isle of Arran FB
Lamlash New Cemetery Lamlash, Isle of Arran FB
Lamlash Old Cemetery Lamlash, Isle of Arran Full
Lochranza Churchyard Lochranza, Isle of Arran FB
Machrie Cemetery Machrie, Isle of Arran Full
Sannox Cemetery Sannox, Isle of Arran FB
Shiskine New Cemetery Shiskine, Isle of Arran FB
Shiskine Old Cemetery Shiskine, Isle of Arran Full
Thundergay Cemetery Thundergay, Isle of Arran Full
Whitefarland Cemetery Whitefarland, Isle of Arran Full
Millport New Cemetery Golf Road, Millport, Isle of Cumbrae FB, CR
Millport Old Cemetery Golf Road, Millport, Isle of Cumbrae Full
Kilbirnie Barony Churchyard Kirkland Road, Kilbirnie Full
Kilbirnie Cemetery Kirkland Road, Kilbirnie FB, B
Kilwinning Abbey Churchyard Main Street, Kilwinning Full
Kilwinning Cemetery Glasgow Road, Kilwinning FB
Brisbane Glen Cemetery Brisbane Glen Road, Largs FB, CR, B, W/M
Largs Cemetery Dalry Road, Largs Full
Largs Skelmorlie Aisle Main Street, Largs Full
Saltcoats Museum Manse Street, Saltcoats Full
Hawkhill Cemetery Kilwinning Road, Stevenston Full
High Road Cemetery High Road, Stevenston FB, CR
Stevenston High Kirk Caledonia Road, Stevenston Full
Stevenston New Street New Street, Stevenston Full
West Kilbride Barony Churchyard Main Street, West Kilbride Full
West Kilbride Cemetery Drummilling Road, West Kilbride FB

Contact Bereavement Services

Email

bereavementservices@north-ayrshire.gov.uk

Telephone

01294 310000