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Kilmarnock is in South West Scotland and is the home of "Johnnie Walker", the world famous brand of whisky. It is also associated with the poetry of Scotland's national bard, Robert Burns as his first collection of poems -the famous "First Edition"- was printed in the town. The town's Dean Castle is the home of the "World Burns Federation". Kilmarnock is the only school in Scotland to have produced two Nobel Prize winners. Lord John Boyd Orr and Sir Alexander Fleming both attended Kilmarnock Academy. The only other school in Britain to have achieved this is Eton College.

Get in[edit]

Kilmarnock is 7-8 miles from the coastal towns of Irvine and Ayr. Reach it via A77 from the north and south, or by M77 from the north. There are trains from Glasgow Central every 30 min, also from Carlisle, Newcastle, and down the west coast past Prestwick Airport and Stranraer.

Get around[edit]

Stagecoach buses run around town until 23:00. Regular buses also run to Glasgow, Irvine, Ayr, Stewarton and other outlying villages.


  • 1 Dean Castle Country Park. 200 acre country park and 14th century castle. Dean Castle (Q5246061) on Wikidata Dean Castle on Wikipedia
  • 2 The Dick Institute, London Road. Museum Tue - Sat 11am - 5pm. Library and Museum, opened in 1901. Dick Institute (Q5273047) on Wikidata Dick Institute on Wikipedia
  • 3 Burns Monument Centre, Kay Park. Tuesday – Saturday 9.15am – 4.30pm. Local History & Archives. Burns Monument (Q5000082) on Wikidata Burns Monument, Kilmarnock on Wikipedia
  • 4 The Palace Theatre, Green Street. Landmark building built in 1863 and converted to a theatre in 1903. Palace Theatre (Q7126195) on Wikidata Palace Theatre, Kilmarnock on Wikipedia


  • Galleon Leisure Centre. Titchfield Street
  • Rowallan Castle Golf Club. Just outside Kilmarnock
  • The Garage, 34-36 Grange St, KA1 2DD. Bowling, go-karts, wimpy, video games, bar and nightclub, all under the one roof.
  • Watch football at 1 Kilmarnock FC, Rugby Rd KA1 2DP, +44 1563 545300. "Killie" were relegated in 2021 so they now play soccer in the Championship, the game's second tier in Scotland. Their all-seater home ground is Rugby Park (capacity 18,000), half a mile south of the railway station off Dundonald Rd A759. Rugby Park (Q1637255) on Wikidata Rugby Park on Wikipedia


King street is the main shopping street and is populated with the usual mix of stores you'd expect to find in a town this size. The town is also host to several retail parks just on the edge of the town centre; Queens Drive Retail Park & Glencairn Retail Park being two of them. These retail parks contain larger versions of the usual chain stores, supermarkets and retailers.


  • The First Edition, 50 Bank Street. serves a delicious meal at reasonable prices. Very nice atmosphere as well!
  • Mamitas, 37 Bank Street. serves delicious food and coffee. Great service and a very friendly atmosphere.
  • The Longhouse, 130 Titchfield Street.


Kilmarnock has many pubs and restaurants to choose from. Most pubs screen live football matches and serve basic pub grub until around 8pm.

  • Goldberry Arms, 26 Bank Street.
  • The Hunting Lodge, Glencairn Square. Former winner of the Tennents "Best Pint in Scotland" competition
  • Bellfield Inn, 11 Welbeck Street, KA1 3JN.
  • Paris Match, 7-9 Princes Street (just off King Street, behind Tesco).


Kilmarnock has a wide mix of accommodation from homely B&Bs/guest houses, to high class hotels.

Stay safe[edit]

The police station is in the town centre on 10 St Marnock Street, KA1 1TJ.

In an emergency call 999. For non emergencies call 101 for police, or 111 for medical help.

Go next[edit]

Routes through Kilmarnock
Irvine  W UK road A71.svg NE  Motherwell/CarlukeEdinburgh

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