Christmas opening hours


Monday 24 December 2012

All pharmacies will open as normal however patients should note that most pharmacies will close early at 5.30pm with only a few open after 5.30pm.

Tuesday 25 December 2012

Lloyds Pharmacy, 26 Wellington Square, Ayr, will be open from 12 noon – 2pm; and Boots UK Ltd, 66/68 Main Street, Prestwick, will be open from 10am – 12 noon.

Wednesday 26 December 2012

Boots the Chemist, 168/170 High Street, Ayr, will be open from 10am – 5pm; Lloyds Pharmacy, Dalmellington Road, Kincaidston, Ayr, from 10am – 2pm; and Boots UK Ltd, Unit 5, 49 Academy Street, Troon, from 10am – 5pm.

If you need a doctor urgently and your GP’s surgery is closed, or for emergency dental treatment, contact NHS 24 on 08454 24 24 24.

South Ayrshire Council services:

Most South Ayrshire Council offices and buildings will close for the festive period from 4pm on Friday 21 December 2012 and re-open from 8.45am on Thursday 3 January 2013.

Over the festive period, the Council’s Customer Contact Centre on 0300 123 0900 will be open taking calls between 8.45am and 4.45pm on the 24, 27 and 31 December and between 8.45am and 4pm on the 28 December 2012. Cash payments close at 3.30pm.

The Christmas closures will include the improved Customer Service Centres in Troon, Prestwick, Maybole and Girvan, but opening hours during holiday times are currently being reviewed and may be subject to change during 2013.

During the festive closures, the council can be contacted in an emergency on the 0300 123 0900 number and a full list of office closures can be found at


During the closure period the Council’s automated telephone service will be available for customers wishing to pay rent, council tax and other council accounts, operating 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. To make a payment please call 0300 123 0900 ensuring you have your payment reference details available when you call. You can also pay online at

Ayr Housing Office, Riverside House, 21 River Terrace, Ayr, will close on Monday 24 December 2012 at 4.45pm (Cash payments will close at 4pm) but will provide a Housing and Homelessness Service on Thursday, Friday and Monday 27, 28 and 31 December 2012 between 8.45am – 4.45pm.

The Council’s Housing Service (including emergency repairs) can be contacted on 0300 123 0900 and the homelessness service on 01292 611600. The out of hours homelessness standby service can be contacted on 0808 100 3151 and the social work standby service on 0800 328 7758.


All schools will be closed from Friday 21 December 2012, re-opening on Monday 7 January 2013.

Leisure facilies:

The Citadel Leisure Centre will close from 4pm on Saturday 22 December to 7.30am on Thursday 27 December 2012 and from 4pm on Saturday 29 December 2012, reopening from 7.30am Thursday 3 January 2013.

Libraries will close on Saturday 22 December 2012 and reopen on Thursday 3 January 2013.

The McKechnie Institute in Girvan will close at 4pm on Thursday 20 December 2012 and reopen: from 1pm on Thursday 3 January 2013.

Rozelle House and the Maclaurin Galleries will close at 4pm on Sunday 23 December 2012 and reopen at 10am on Thursday 3 January 2013.

Refuse collection:

There will be no household or commercial waste collections on Tuesday 25 December 2012 and Tuesday 1 January 2013. Waste will be collected on Saturday 22 and 29 December respectively.

All other collection days remain the same although collection times may vary, so bins should be placed out by 6am on the normal day of collection and remember – local recycling points can be used throughout the festive period.

Recycling centres will be closed on Christmas and New Years Day and will be open 10am-4pm on weekdays, with the centre in Ayr open until 6pm.

The council also operates a Christmas tree recycling service, free of charge. To take advantage of this, please cut and put your real tree in your brown bin, if possible, remove any nails or wire and call 0300 123 0900 before Thursday 10 January 2013 to arrange a free uplift.