Muirkirk

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Muirkirk
Muirkirk Miners' Memorial.jpg
Population 1,865 
Language English
Scots
Council area
Lieutenancy area
Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town CUMNOCK
Postcode district KA18 3xx
Dialling code 01290 66xxxx
Police Scottish
Fire Scottish
Ambulance Scottish
EU Parliament Scotland
UK Parliament
Scottish Parliament
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Muirkirk (Eaglais an t-Sléibh in Gaelic) is a small village in East Ayrshire, southwest Scotland. It is located on the north bank of the River Ayr, between Cumnock and Glenbuck on the A70. The Muirkirk & North Lowther Uplands Special Protection Area was set up to protect the populations of breeding hen harrier (Circus cyaneus), golden plover (Pluvialis apricaria), merlin (Falco columbarius), peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus) and short-eared owl (Asio flammeus).

The 2001 census recorded a population of 1,865.

The village developed around its church, which was built in 1631, and was a fertile recruiting ground for the Covenanter movement. In recent times, the village has fallen into decline due to its geographic isolation and the collapse of its coal and iron industries, but attempts are being made at regeneration through the Muirkirk Enterprise Group which was set up in 1999.

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Coordinates: 55°31′N 4°03′W / 55.517°N 4.050°W / 55.517; -4.050