Sunny Sike

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

Sunny, Sandy

This may be a reference to the sunny south facing position of the sike, but unlikely! It may be a variant of sandy, where sandy peat is ‘a peat containing a good deal of earthy matter [1]’.

There are two Sandy Sykes in the parish.

Sike, Syke

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]

Sunny Sike flows into the Guelt Water in the north-east of the parish.

Map 1: Sunny Sike | Reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland


[1] Dictionaries of the Scots Language |sandy, sunny
[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) |Sunny Sike
Ordnance Survey Name Books
By Permission of Scotland’s Places
Ayrshire OS Name Books (1855-57) Vol. 49|Sunny Sike