Kyle & Carrick was a district council area which existed from 1975 to 1996. It was one of 19 district councils that delivered a range of local level services within the wider area of Strathclyde Region, which over this period was one of the 12 regions into which Scotland was divided.
Kyle & Carrick was one of the four district council areas within the Ayr sub-region of Strathclyde, and it was formed from the southern part of the traditional county of Ayrshire. The result was a district that included settlements such as Ayr, Girvan, Maybole, Prestwick and Troon. It was bordered by the districts of Cunninghame, Kilmarnock & Loudoun and Cumnock & Doon Valley in Strathclyde; plus Stewartry and Wigtown Districts in Dumfries & Galloway.
When regions and districts disappeared from the scene in a major reorganisation of Scottish local government in 1996, the district council area of Kyle & Carrick became the unitary council area of South Ayrshire, one of the 32 unitary council areas into which Scotland has since been divided.