New Cumnock

East Ayrshire

Founded as a mining village in the late 17th century, New Cumnock lies at the confluence of the Afton Water and the River Nith, 6 miles (10 km) southeast of Cumnock. It developed in association with lime works and the mining of lead, antimony and coal, but the last collieries closed in the 1970s. Opencast coal mining developed in the 1980s with rail links to Ayr and the south. By 2008, 6000 tons of coal per day was being exported from the railhead at New Cumnock. Benefiting from two primary schools, a railway station, two post offices, a library and a Games Hall, New Cumnock is also home to Glenafton Athletic Football Club ("The Glens"). In 2013, New Cumnock was named the most dismal place in Scotland as part of the Carbuncle Awards.

In 2000, Britain's first unsubsidised wind farm was established on Hare Hill 3 miles (5 km) south of the village.

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