Consultation on the Maybole Active Travel High Street Scheme is now open

Maybole Regeneration Project.

Get Involved! Consultation on the Maybole Active Travel High Street Scheme is now open

We are inviting residents of our beautiful town Maybole  to have their say on plans to spend £1.9m transforming their high street.

The funding could see the introduction of a new market square, expansion of pavements and public seating areas, once the Maybole bypass has been completed this winter.

The plans will encourage locals and visitors to use active travel such as walking, wheeling and cycling once the high street is no longer dominated by traffic.

A new 3D fly-through has been created to help bring the plans to life. Those taking part in the consultation, will be able to explore the new look high street and experience a town centre which is a safe, accessible and welcoming.

The South Ayrshire Council scheme in partnership with Maybole Community Council, forms part of the ambitious Maybole Regeneration Project investing up to £8m over the next 3 years. The plans to rejuvenate the high street, link with other projects such as investing in the town’s historic buildings and the new community campus.

Councillor Chris Cullen, Economy and Culture Portfolio Holder for South Ayrshire Council said: “The proposals for Maybole completely change the visitors experience increasing accessibility and enhancing community connectivity for all, via the active travel network, making it a destination of choice. We understand the role and importance of our town centres and we are committed to investing in them, to help drive recovery.

Maybole Community Council Chair Mr Mark Fletcher added: “There is no doubt that these are ambitious plans for the town centre, the animated fly-through brings everything to life. We are really keen to hear from the community and businesses on these proposals.”

Head of Infrastructure Delivery for Sustrans Scotland, Chiquita Elvin, said: “Sustrans partners with communities and local government across Scotland by investing in schemes that support our rural communities, towns and cities with walking, wheeling and cycling spaces for everyone. These draft proposals seek to address the challenges posed by Maybole’s historic Town centre and demonstrate how partnerships make better places to walk, cycle, live, visit and work and how this can be done while respecting the historic character and heritage of a place.”

You can view the 3D fly-through and have your say by visiting  The consultation closes on Friday 23 July at 5pm

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!

Online Drop in Sessions - We want to hear from you!

Maybole Regeneration Project.

Online Drop in Sessions - We want to hear from you!

The Regeneration Team are currently unable to offer face to face drop in sessions given current restrictions. However we want to trial 1 hour online drop in sessions on Zoom.

Initially we will run online drop in sessions fortnightly rising to weekly if there is a demand. The date for the first online drop-in session with an Introduction to the Team and a summary of progress in the project so far will be Wednesday 10th March 21 at 6pm.

Subsequent meetings on Wed 24th March 10am, Wed 07th April 2pm and Wed 21st April 6pm. We are trialling different times to ensure everyone has a chance to attend and see what time might work best.


If you would like to attend any or all of these sessions please email [email protected] with subject heading Drop in Sessions.

We will send Zoom invite near the date of the session. Unfortunately we cannot offer technical support on Zoom. More information on Zoom please go to You do not need to download the app to attend the meeting, just click on link. You can drop in and out of the meeting at any time.

We will delete your email details following the event unless you indicate you wish to remain on our email list for updates on the project and meeting notifications.

Remember you can always contact the team directly for any specific issues or small grants queries via TEL: 01655 884 865   or EMAIL: [email protected]

We look forward to hearing from you!

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!

We are searching for an Artist in Residence!

Maybole Regeneration Project.

We are searching for an Artist in Residence!

The Maybole Regeneration Project is seeking an artist in residence to engage with the local community and (co)produce works that interpret Maybole’s history, heritage and change. We would aim for the artist, or collective, to be based in the town centre one day per week when restrictions allow. It is anticipated that the artist will work across 20 weeks each year in 2021, 2022 and 2023.

The Artist would engage and work with a number of different audiences across the Maybole community in order to interpret Maybole’s history, heritage and change through art, performance, design or craft.

The overall theme of the Artist’s Residency would be the Transforming Townscape of Maybole, but the artist, or collective of artists, would have the creative freedom to define the individual projects and outcomes.

For more information and how to apply please click the button below.

We are looking forward to hearing your proposals!


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