muirkirk in the hills of ayrshire - from the muirkirk enterprise group


Views of Muirkirk

The Village of Muirkirk

  • The village gas works used to stand on the left of this picture.   The village was one of the first places to have a gas supply and one of the last to have its own works.
  • On the right is the Coach Inn (formerly the Black Bull)
  • On the far side of Main Street is the primary school and community centre - this was the site of the original coaching inn in the days when Muirkirk was a staging post.
  • Furnace Road is famous as the spot where "Tar" Macadam developed his famous method of road construction (which didn't use tar!).   The road leads over to Kames, once the centre of the mining and smelting industry in the town.  In earlier days the road continued over the hills to Sanquhar and was the main coaching road from Glasgow to the south.

Muirkirk Main Street around 1996
Muirkirk Main Street around 1990

This Main Street store has been a feature of Muirkirk for many decades under various ownerships.
To the right is the Post Office which in 2013 is about to close and be absorbed into the grocery store.
To the left the private dwelling house was once a two storey building which served as
the village police station and home to the Sergeant of Police.

Smallburn Filling Station about 1996
Smallburn filling station about 1996

Just look at those fuel prices !