Priority Projects for 2022

Priority Projects for 2022

Priority projects are agreed with funders at grant application stage and are supported with additional investment due to the special nature of the building and / or its community or townscape value. Funder by owners and a range of grants up to £4.1m will be invested into five key historic buildings in Maybole over the period of the project. Funding from the project has already helped contribute to renovating and preserving Goudie’s (the former Speakers).

Agreement with funders has led to four further projects to be supported

Maybole Town Hall – Works have begun with our contractors, Procast with works due to complete in Feb 2022

Maybole Charity Shop – works have begun with the works due to complete in Dec 2022

Maybole Castle –  The contract is expected to be awarded in Late Aug / Sep 2022 with works starting soon after for a period of up to 14 months bringing the Castle back into use.

Camerons – it is hoped this scheme will start in 2022.

Funders: Priority building Improvements are generously funded by owners, Heritage Lottery, HES, SAC (Town Hall Only), Scottish Government, Scottish Land Fund (Charity Shop Only)

Bypass Open A Historic Day for Maybole

Maybole Regeneration Project.

Bypass open historic day for Maybole!

31st January saw an amazing and historic day for Maybole!

The first of the Bypass traffic being led through by the police. Great thanks from our community to those who worked so hard over the years to see this happen.

With the Bypass now open projects on the High Street will start and it is going to be an exciting time for Maybole.

Recap and Reboot with our new Podcast

Maybole Regeneration Project.

Recap and Reboot with our new Podcast!

Back in February of this year, the Maybole Regeneration Project started a partnership with the University of West Scotland’s media students to make a monthly podcast.

The Podcast is called Recap Reboot. Every month UWS students will talk to the people who are working hard to bring new life to the South Ayrshire town while looking back at its rich history and the community who live and work in the ancient capital of Carrick

The aim of the podcast is to:

  • Take a co-production approach to involve the local community in the production process, not just through interviews but also hands on activities and opportunities to be exposed to new skills.
  • Be aimed at and accessible to the local community, to keep them informed of the progress of the Maybole Regeneration Project.
  • Promote the Maybole and North Carrick area to a wider audience.

In this first episode (link to listen is below) you get to meet the team and hear what we love about Maybole and there is a great snippet on Maybole’s long and fascinating history.

Going forward we really want to get the community involved if you have any ideas and want to be interviewed please email [email protected].

Without further ado is here the link to Episode 1 of Recap Reboot:—Episode-1-evt6ea?fbclid=IwAR27uyrH92lDSh6Ct8Ibc48ftW5Tdv2iKuPtWm2NzJt24RE-4t4RVaQtEGM

The Maybole Regeneration Project would like to thank the UWS students for all their hard work and Liam McCourt from Carrick Academy for making the music of the podcast!

You can also listen to the podcast on other platforms:


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We hope you enjoyed it!

Cate Ross is our new Artist in Residence!

Maybole Regeneration Project.

Cate Ross is our new Artist in Residence!

We are excited to announce that Cate Ross has been appointed as Artist in Residence for Maybole Regeneration Project.

Cate will be working in partnership with the MRP to engage with the local community and co-produce events, activities and artworks that interpret Maybole’s history, heritage and change.

Cate is a professional artist with extensive experience of delivering community arts projects of this nature. She has been engaged in socially applied creative practice with a focus on Community Development working in diverse communities since 1995. She also has extensive experience in providing creative workshops in many mediums including physical theatre and visual art forms throughout Europe and the USA.


Cate will deliver a wide variety of activities to all members of the local community including group work, public presentations, creative workshops and exploration, public events and performances, all leading to development of new artworks that we hope to present in regular showcase exhibitions and celebratory events.


Cate was delighted with the news of the appointment, she stated ‘The three-year timescale of the Artist in Residence project provides great scope and potential for providing a meaningful and enjoyable project that will greatly benefit all’.

She also commented, ‘All my creative work is focused on helping to unlock creative expression to benefit people directly, I strive to create cultural experiences which engender more fulfilment, equality and sustainability in our daily lives and our community calendars’ Cate and the Maybole Regeneration Project are excited to achieve this.


Cate has a passion for history and is thrilled at the opportunity to collaborate with the MRP and other community groups to research and bring Maybole’s fascinating story back to life.

Cate descends from East Highland fisher folk and lowland farmers, so she feels a strong connection to the Maybole locale, culturally and regarding the natural amenities. Cate has a particular interest in the town’s relationship with traditional crafts and so one of the projects that she hopes to deliver will look at the history of these crafts, their contemporary applications and their mentions in literature.


The Artist in Residence role sits within our extensive Activities and Training Programme which seeks for local people to develop traditional building skills and learn more about their heritage and the regeneration process through community engagement, education and training projects.

This aspect of the project is generously funded by Historic Environment Scotland and South Ayrshire Council.

To find out more about Cate visit her website

If you would like to get involved in the Artist in Residence project please email [email protected]


Watch this space for more updates on this exciting project!


Cate Ross photo credit to Kim Ayres Photography.

Online Evening Talks - Come and learn about history and the regeneration process!

Maybole Regeneration Project.

Online Evening Talks - Come and learn about history and the regeneration process!

MRP are hosting a series of online evening talks starting the 9th March 2021 to highlight the history and heritage of North Carrick.


“Abune a mire – the hidden history of Maybole” – 7pm Wednesday 9th March 2021


Fergus Surtherland from Icosse Heritage and Media, will delve into Maybole’s surprisingly fascinating and important History and have a Q&A with you!


‘Exploring Your Scottish Family History’ – Thursday 7pm 25th March 2021


Scottish professional genealogist Michelle Leonard will provide a guide to the key records that can help you explore the lives and times of your Scottish ancestors.  The presentation will include practical examples, family history stories and Michelle’s top hints and tips on how to trace your Scottish ancestors.


“A Guide to Conservation Area Building Maintenance” – 7pm Thursday 8th April 2021.


Peter Drummond, our project Architect will deliver a talk about how to maintain your property and have a Q&A with you!


“North Carrick Virtual Tour” – 7pm Thursday 22nd April 2021


Noreen Lyon from Lyon Tours Scotland will present a zoom presentation travelling through North Carrick looking at its History & Heritage. The tour goes along the coast through Dunure & back through Kirkoswald to Maybole.  This tour is suitable for locals & tourists from the comfort of your home.


“A guide to Historic Shopfronts in Maybole” – 6pm Thursday 6th May 2021.


Dr Lindsay Lennie will look at the importance of historic shop fronts in Scottish town centres.


EMAIL [email protected] FOR THE ZOOM INVITE.




The evening talks are part of our extensive Activities and Training Programme funded by Historic Environment Scotland, National Lottery Heritage Fund and South Ayrshire Council.

Exciting transformation planned for Maybole Castle!

Maybole Regeneration Project.

Exciting transformation planned for Maybole Castle!

The Scottish Government has granted £729,659 from their Regeneration Capital Grant Fund to help transform Maybole Castle. The funding will be used to turn the castle into a key attraction bringing the building back into use.

The 16th century castle will be completely refurbished so visitors and locals can enjoy the historic building and grounds.  Visitors will also be able to enjoy the gardens which will be restored too.

Communities Secretary Aileen Campbell said: “I’m delighted that alongside COSLA we are delivering a further £25 million of investment to support community led projects right across Scotland.

“This project will see a 16th century building brought back into use as a key asset for Maybole, creating new business and employment opportunities and contributing to the wider ambitions for regenerating the town.”

Councillor Siobhian Brown, Economy and Culture Portfolio Holder for South Ayrshire Council said: “This fantastic funding boost for Maybole supports our ambitions for thriving towns which generate employment opportunities, support new and existing business and add to our world beating tourist attractions.”

Mark Fletcher, Chair of Maybole Community Council stated: “This generous grant from Scottish Government secures a sustainable future for the castle. It’s an iconic building in the town and we can now look forward to a fully revitalised high street that will make Maybole an even better town to live, work and visit.”

The Maybole Regeneration Team are delighted at this news and the opportunities it brings! Watch this space for updates!

Town Hall - Design Team Appointed!

Maybole Regeneration Project.

Town Hall - Design Team Appointed!

We are excited to announce that Peter Drummond Architects and TCS Construction Consultants have been appointed for the works on Maybole’s Town Hall. The Town Hall is one of the main priority buildings for the project, so this appointment is a major step forward in the redevelopment of Maybole High Street.

Ayrshire based Peter Drummond Architects have over 20 years’ experience specialising in heritage and conservation work. They have done great work locally on James Miller’s iconic Turnberry Hotel and have the redeveloped an important 18th century town house in Ayr.

Peter Drummond stated “I’m delighted to be appointed to the Town Hall Project, I have been involved in many works around North Carrick and wider Ayrshire, this project is a tremendous opportunity to restore an important historical building”

Peter Drummond Architects will be working closely with TCS, an Ayrshire based consultant that will be providing the quantity surveying services to the Town Hall project.

The Town Hall is an iconic building with a rich history and a community hub for Maybole residents. The aim of our work is to preserve it for the future generations of Maybole whilst making it a more attractive venue for a wide range of different uses

For more information on Peter Drummond Architects visit their website:

For more information on TCS visit their website:

Watch this space for more updates on this exciting project!

Maybole Castle – Design Team appointed!

Maybole Regeneration Project.

Maybole Castle – Design Team appointed!

A major milestone in the regeneration of Maybole’s historic town centre has been reached with the appointment of Collective Architecture, a very well respected Architecture practice as the lead consultants. Collective Architecture will be working with Cassillis Estate, supported by the Regeneration Project, to develop plans to bring the Castle and its grounds back into long term use.

The aim is to have the Castle and its grounds back in use by 2022.

Watch this space for more information and regular updates

Maybole – back to the future as a tourism hub?

Maybole Regeneration Project.

There is huge and well-justified concern across the whole tourism and leisure sector at the moment as to the lasting effects of Lockdown and the need for social distancing. Visit Scotland has produced a guide for businesses, with advice regularly updated.

Even against this background however, the need to maintain a vision for “life beyond” goes on. So, with no loss of empathy for all those currently experiencing significant difficulty, tourism remains a key focus for future development in Ayrshire.

Maybole – back to the future as a tourism hub?

Anyone walking Maybole High Street as it looks just now could be forgiven some cynicism about the town becoming a tourism hub. However, anyone who remembers the villages of the East Neuk of Fife a few decades ago, would be much less surprised at local ambitions.

Run-down, former fishing villages with rowdy pubs and few amenities, in places such as Crail and Anstruther in the late 20th century, have given way to beautifully restored havens for wealthy incomers and holiday-makers in the 21stC. Demand and wealth attracted to the area has further allowed a variety of galleries, cafes, hotels and shops to flourish.

Like Fife, the Ayrshire coast is rich in scenery, history and interesting stories; from Robert Burns whose parents met in Maybole, to Robert the Bruce, born at Turnberry Castle.

Maybole was the historic capital of Carrick, with official Burgh status and a lively history as a market town and seat of the Kennedys.

With Crossraguel Abbey and Culzean Castle on the doorstep, picturesque harbours like Dunure an easy drive away and the beaches at Maidens and Girvan just down the road, it’s not hard to imagine that what has been achieved in Fife is also within reach, much closer to home.

The latest published tourism figures from Visit Scotland* (pre-Lockdown) suggest that in Ayrshire and Arran alone;

  • Visitors spent £171m a single year
  • 89% were domestic visitors
  • 68% came for the scenery & landscape
  • 72% undertook sightseeing by car/coach/on foot

Councillor Brian McGinley, Economy and Culture Portfolio Holder for South Ayrshire Council said: “Tourism has always been an important sector for South Ayrshire, and crucial to the local economy. It’s a key part of the Maybole regeneration project, that visitors rediscover the town and connect with Carrick’s ancient heritage. We also want local people to be ambassadors for town, take pride in where they live and rediscover all that their town has to offer.”

As Maybole finally sees its £7.5 million regeneration project get underway, key, historic buildings are being restored and the town bypass will remove heavy traffic from the town centre. Grants of up to £25,000 are available to improve shop fronts, and pedestrian and cycling routes are built in to the design of the town centre.

Gordon Smith, Regional Director at VisitScotland said: “Our communities are at the heart of what makes Ayrshire & Arran such a special place and so we welcome the Maybole Regeneration Project.

“Infrastructure improvements like this are vital to boosting community spirit and well-being and will play a significant role in supporting Scotland’s economic recovery in the near future.

“Not only will the project benefit local people but it will provide an opportunity to develop the town’s visitor experience as part of Ayrshire’s wider tourism offering, encouraging people to visit when the time is right.”

Max Agnew of Maybole Community Council adds, “The Covid Lockdown has highlighted the increased appetite amongst local people to walk and cycle local streets and roads while they were quieter and safer.

“It’s my hope that through the Town Regeneration, as the town centre becomes more a place for people, we can create facilities  which can give  the confidence and feeling of safety to sustain any ambitions for local people and visitors to continue to walk and cycle within the town and beyond, by linking with the National Cycle Network NCN 7, the Ayrshire Coastal Path and the proposed Culzean Way”

Duncan Clelland, Project Lead for the Maybole Regeneration Project adds, “It’s not so long since towns like Girvan and Maybole were places families looked forward to visiting as day-trip and holiday destinations.

“With the support of South Ayrshire Council, Historic Environment Scotland, the Heritage Lottery Fund, Visit Scotland and perhaps most importantly of all, the creativity of local people and businesses, the Maybole Regeneration Project is an important step in unleashing a new wave of ambition and a new era for the town.

“We invite everyone to visit the newly launched Maybole Regeneration Project website ( to find

The making of a successful High Street Maybole

The making of a successful High Street

Maybole Regeneration project.

The news that Maybole town centre is to receive £7.5 million in regeneration cash and support from South Ayrshire Council, Historic Environment Scotland and the Heritage Lottery Fund has been warmly welcomed within the community. The investment also coincides with the long-awaited opening of the A77 town bypass in 2021 and removal of heavy traffic from the historic High Street.

Amy Eastwood, Head of Grants at Historic Environment Scotland said; “We are delighted to support the Maybole Regeneration project with £1,289, 607 funding as part of our Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS). We are excited to see the benefits that this project will bring to the historic town, local community and beyond, and we encourage shop and building owners to visit the website and find out more about what support is available to them through the project.”

The making of a successful High Street.

As Maybole now has the funds and opportunity to create a new identity for itself, the community and project management team have been keen to listen to voices within the local community and to learn lessons from similar community projects elsewhere.

South Ayrshire Council is working in partnership with Maybole Community Council and a range of other organisations to develop a vision for the town; one which extends well beyond the renovation of buildings.

Councillor Brian McGinley, Economy and Culture Portfolio Holder for South Ayrshire Council said: “Our town centres are no longer just about shopping, they need to offer a mix of entertainment venues, visitor attractions, places to eat and shops. I have no doubt we can get the mix right and ensure that Maybole continues to flourish, but it will take time and it will require solid partnership working.”

Mark Fletcher, Chair of Maybole Community Council agreed, saying, “There are many different aspects to regeneration but one of the most important ones is increasing the ambition and hunger for change within the community.  

This might manifest itself in taking the personal initiative to start a Farmer’s Market or a Christmas Fayre, or it takes a group of like-minded growers to start a community vegetable garden.”

Val Russell, CEO of Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce says, “The success of any regeneration project is involvement at grass roots level – led by the community and local businesses, with support from the public sector.  It has to take into account the views of the whole community with recognisance of age, equality and needs.

Welcome as it is, it’s not enough for a community to be the recipient of funding support for the cosmetic items of regeneration. Whilst these are important, they are not what leads to long term job creation or sustainability of town centres. It’s the support and appreciation of everyone in the area that makes a strong community and town”

Experienced retail consultant Bob Baldry stresses, “It’s the mix of shops that draws people in. That, and a good shopper-experience, with excellent way-finding signage and amenities like cafés and open spaces, providing opportunities to browse and buy as a leisure activity.

The mix must be appropriate to the demographics and ambitions of the area and it’s important for the town centre to have an over-arching “brand” feel to it. Maybole has a fascinating history and much to recommend it. It now has the chance now to build a “new” identity for the 21st Century.”

The Maybole Regeneration Project is four-year regeneration project investing up to £7.5 million in the town centre so it becomes an even better place to live, work and visit for residents, businesses and visitors to Carrick’s ancient Capital.

Included in the Maybole Regeneration Project are:

  • Improving Shopfronts by working with shop owners and providing grants to owners to undertake improvement works.
  • Restoration of important buildings to conserve and protect for current and future generations, including the Speakers, the Town Hall and the Castle.
  • Exterior conservation and restoration works of residential properties within the designated area.
  • Developing and improving walking and cycling routes into the town centre and to the new school campus.
  • Transforming the High Street to become a better place to visit, shop and linger, especially once the bulk of heavy traffic is removed by the Bypass.
  • Creating opportunities in employment and training by ensuring residents in and around Maybole benefit from learning, apprenticeships and volunteering opportunities.