Newmilns Regeneration Association


These are the main strategies and priorities identified by the local community in surveys, interviews and profile and prioritised at the Community Event. 

Theme 3: Local Economy, Heritage and Tourism

Newmilns has a long history as an industrial town with the lace mills and Vesuvius factory playing a key role in local employment. From having ten lace mills we now have just two, and the closure of the factory in 2009 had a drastic effect on employment within the area. However, enthusiastic businesses and individuals are keen to encourage more enterprise and explore how community can take control.

One clear opportunity is through encouraging more visitors to stop in Newmilns. The dry ski slope and the access to the Irvine Valley Paths Network are already recreational attractions, but we could make more of the heritage offering for tourists – capitalizing on the historic buildings and the rich history of the burgh.

Main priorities

  • Attract more business to Newmilns
  • Make use of empty business premises
  • Develop & promote heritage