Scaffolding is up at the Charity Shop!

Work is progressing internally and externally in the Maybole Charity Shop with scaffolding being erected to tackle roof and building repairwork. Further details on progress will follow as we are looking forward to seeing the Charity Shop open after the extensive works are completed.

“Maybole Castle construction works to begin!

The construction contract for the Maybole Castle has now been signed which will assure the historic Castle’s community future and bring the building back into and a key driver for Maybole’s regeneration becoming a major attraction as it is brought into use. Construction works are expected to start by early March 23 with six weeks of underpinning works followed by external works with scaffolding expected to be erected in April 23. The scheme works are expected to run into summer 2024. It has been challenging to bring this project to this stage with the well-publicised issues in the construction sector and inflation putting additional stress on the budget. We would not be able to have reached this stage without the financial support of the Scottish Government through a generous additional grant via the Regeneration Capital Grants Fund and further funding support from Historic Environment Scotland, The National Lottery Heritage Fund and lottery players and the Castle owners and continued operational support from the Project Board and South Ayrshire Council.

What is Maybole Made Of? FREE Online Evening Talk 28 Feb 6-7pm

What is Maybole Made Of?

FREE Online Evening Talk               

6pm until 7pm - TUESDAY 28th February 2023

Email [email protected] for invite

Join Dr Katie Strang Archaeologist, Mitchell Fotheringham Surveyor and Roz Artiz Director of The Scottish Lime Centre to hear the story about the amazing built environment of Maybole. The results are based on a Stone and Slate Survey commissioned by Maybole Regeneration Project.

Activities and Training Project Update

The project continues to gather momentum and has an exciting time ahead with the beginning of several new and vibrant multigenerational projects- all of which are linked together by themes of local heritage, built environment and citizenship.

We had a busy lead up to Christmas. Activities included: Youth Drama and Media Panto, MRP Christmas Scavenger Hunt, Multigenerational AiR Christmas Crafts in Fairknowe, Christmas Card Street Scape Competition and work with Carrick Academy in making Traditional Christmas Crafts.

Youth Drama and Media Project

We had a Christmas Panto! Making a Maybole Christmas- a Town’s Past, Present and Future. This project was multi-partner project which brought together all 3 Maybole Primary School’s P7s to integrate before secondary school. The 55 young participants each earned a Dynamic Youth Award for their input.











Ice Cream Architecture

Four exciting projects have begun with a splash of colour!

Heritage Trail- Building on existing Trail and having a QR Code at each site which links to a short film clip that will tie in with Youth Drama Project. Also hoping that there will be a tie in with Artist in Residence to create a piece of art along the way.

Mapping and Recording Project- looking at how the town has shaped and evolved. This will have tie into the heritage trail and will also be displayed in the book of memories.

Book of Memories- Lovely multigenerational project where younger people will be working with older people to share memories and photographs of Maybole in years gone by.

School Shop Fronts Project- Working with all 9 North Carrick Schools to look at changing High Street and Shop Front Design and bringing ideas to life on one of the shops in the High St.


Small Grants and Front Shop Tenders Received

The Maybole Regeneration Team is delighted to announce that we have now received tenders back from a number of contractors for four projects which are currently being assessed, with a view to work commencing late February. There are an additional two schemes currently being prepared for tendering with the hope they will start in March. We also have other projects being assessed and we are confident that more grants will be approved in the coming months.

We expect some Ambition shop front work to start shortly and the High Street will soon be buzzing with activity.

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.