Muirkirk Enterprise Group

Muirkirk Enterprise Group (MEG) was set up in 1999 with the aim of regenerating Muirkirk which was, at one time, labelled the most socially deprived village in Scotland. The ongoing aim of MEG is to regenerate the whole village community to provide sustainability, respect and hope for the village for future generations.

Issues MEG had to address

Muirkirk is a rural village set in the border of East Ayrshire and South Lanarkshire with a population of around 1800. At one time Muirkirk was a hive of industry with coalmining, rail connections and ironworks.

The demise of the mines brought widespread unemployment and the village suffered from relatively high levels of poverty. Muirkirk was rated as one of the most deprived areas of Scotland by the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation 2003. At that time the village experienced an unemployment rate of 30 per cent.

MEG identified a number of local issues in consultation with the local community. These included:

MEG's approach to the issues

Muirkirk Enterprise Group designed and developed a large number of projects to improve the physical appearance of the village, encourage tourists and visitors, increase employment opportunities, improve community safety and create a community where people want to live.

Projects and developments include:
Evidence of success

Setting up the project

Muirkirk Enterprise Group was started as an offshoot from Muirkirk Community Council in an effort to regenerate Muirkirk. Most of the Community Councillors are members of the group, which was formed after a public meeting, and the group is composed of all sections of the community and all meetings are advertised and open to any members of the public to attend.

In the first instance, the group leased an empty East Ayrshire Council building for £1 a year inviting the East Ayrshire Action Team to come into the building and form a learning group to train people in computer skills.


The group is fully involved in partnership working with many public and private organisations including East Ayrshire Council, Scottish Natural Heritage, Scottish Coal, East Ayrshire Woodlands and Scottish Enterprise Ayrshire.

Learning points


Postal Address

Muirkirk Enterprise Group
Garan House
28 Main Street
Muirkirk KA18 3RA


01290 661324