Sandy SYke

Place-name:Sandy Syke (Afton Water)
Suggested Meaning:‘sandy-peat sluggish stream’
1st element:Scots sandy ‘sandy peat’
2nd element:Scots sike, syke ‘sluggish stream’
Blaeu Coila (1654):No Entry
OS Name Books (1855-57):Sandy Sike
Location:Sandy Syke


This may be a reference to sandy peat ‘a peat containing a good deal of earthy matter [1]’. This Sandy Syke flows into Afton Water.

There is another Sandy Sike in the parish, which flows into the Water of the Deugh. There is also a Sunny Sike , where sunny may be a variant of sandy.

Sike, Syke

The name appears as Sandy Syke on the Ordnance Survey Map while the Ordnance Survey Name Book entry gives Sandy Sike with Sandy Syke and Sandy Burn as various modes of spelling.

A Sike or Syke is described as –

A small stream, rill or water-course, especially one that meanders through a hollow or across flat or boggy ground and is freqently dry in summer

Dictionary of the Scots Language [2]

the sheughs and the sykes

Laird of Logan “Colin Dulap” [3]

Sandy Sike flows into the Water of Deugh in the south of the parish.

Map 1: Sandy Syke | Reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland


[1] Dictionaries of the Scots Language |sandy
[2] Dictionaries of the Scots Language |syke, sike
[3] The Laird of Logan, Or, Anecdotes and Tales Illustrative of the Wit and Humour of Scotland
Reproduced with the Permission of National Library of Scotland
Map 1: Ordnance Survey 6 inch (1892-1960) |Sandy Syke
Ordnance Survey Name Books
By Permission of Scotland’s Places
Ayrshire OS Name Books (1855-57) Vol. 49|Sandy Sike