Saltcoats ( Scottish Gaelic: Baile an t- Salainn ) is a small town on the west coast of North Ayrshire, Scotland. Together with the towns Ardrossan and Stevenston it belongs to the so-called Three Towns.
The name comes from a time Saltcoats, was won in the salt from sea water and in small houses on the coast ( " cots " ) was stored. Was used, the salt, especially in the fishing industry, one of the formerly major sources of income of the city. The harbor of Saltcoats was built by Robert Cunninghame and was originally the export of coal to the neighboring village Stevenston Ireland. Following the decline of the fishing industry Saltcoats was particularly 1920-1950 a popular holiday destination. Today, however, the tourism hardly plays a role in the small town. 1975 Saltcoats was integrated into the Cunninghame District Council (now North Ayrshire Council).
Sons and daughters of the town
- William Landsborough (1825-1886), explorer in Australia