Muirkirk is now in the 21st century with a population of around 1,500. The community is actively involved in promoting tourism. It hopes to encourage people to visit and settle in what can only be described as a friendly, rural village, steeped in a wealth of history and situated among the best countryside in the west of Scotland.
The Enterprise Group, made up of villagers, work tirelessly on a totally voluntary basis, to make Muirkirk more attractive from every aspect, whether business or leisure. Hopefully this will encourage visitors to consider relocating to Muirkirk.
Below are some of Muirkirk Enterprise Group’s achievements:
The village, set as it is in the heart of the Ayrshire Uplands, is a marvellous place for walking. A series of walks was formally opened by Jimmy McGregor in 1999. In the last year of the 20th century Muirkirk won the Scottish Calor Gas Community of the Year Award for Community Life. In 2000 the village reached the finals and was Highly Commended in both Business and Elderly Sections. Again in 2005 it gained Highly Commended awards for Environment, Business and Old People. In 2009 it was again short listed for the Village of the Year Award.
Other projects completed by MEG are:
Refurbishment of a derelict property, Garan House, to form offices which are rented to businesses.
Heritage Lay-by garden and the Tom Murray Sports Complex (an all weather pitch)
The Miners Memorial Statue was added in 2004 and unveiled by Rt Hon Jack McConnell, then First Minister of Scotland.
The Audio Trail was opened by Tony Robinson (of the television programme Time Team) in 2005. This gives historic information at various locations on the walk.
The Alex Currie Skateboard Park, opened in 2006.
The dry stane dyke at the Kirk Plantation on Glasgow Road was re-built in 2008.
In 2009 the village clock was reinstated.
Erected a cairn in memory of Professor Sir Tom Symington who was born in Muirkirk and became a world renowned expert in Cancer Research.
Other completed ventures through the years include the creation of two playgrounds, refurbishment of McAdams Cairn, pointer plaque at the summit of Cairn Table, a bird hide at Glenbuck Loch (source of the River Ayr and start of the 44 mile River Ayr Way footpath to Ayr.) Totem Poles have been erected on three sites in the village.
The Information Office, rented from East Ayrshire Council, houses a small museum, holds IT classes and is used by other organisations including the Citizen’s Advice Bureau.
Amenities in the village include a nine hole golf course; angling in the River Ayr, Greenock Water and Glenbuck Loch; a Bowling Club; Caravan Park; and East Ayrshire Car Club hold regular events at Kames Track.
Other community organisations include Muirkirk Community Council and Muirkirk Community Association. The three entrances to the village have examples of dry stane dykes with name plates of historic interest.
In 2011 MEG completed the purchase of the Community and Kirk Plantations. Plans are under way to add a Work Gym and Sauna to the local Games Hall.