Cunninghame 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.
Cunninghame was one of the four district council areas within the Ayr sub-region of Strathclyde, and it was formed from the northern part of the traditional county of Ayrshire, albeit with the addition of the Isle of Arran, which had previously formed part of the traditional County of Bute. The result was a district that included settlements such as Ardrossan, Irvine,Kilwinning, Largs, Millport, Saltcoats and Stevenston plus those on Arran. It was bordered by the districts of Inverclyde, Renfrew, Kyle & Carrick, and Kilmarnock & Loudoun: all districts of Strathclyde.
When regions and districts disappeared from the scene in a major reorganisation of Scottish local government in 1996, the district council area of Cunninghame became the unitary council area of North Ayrshire one of the 32 unitary council areas into which Scotland has since been divided.