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Kilwinning is a small, pleasant but rather run-down town in Ayrshire, Scotland.

Get in

By train

Trains run to Glasgow, Ardrossan (for the Isle of Arran), Prestwick International Airport, Ayr and Stranraer among other stops.

By bus

A variety of buses, mostly Stagecoach [1], pass through the area, notably the 11 bus which runs from Kilmarnock to Ardrossan every 5 to 20 minutes daily.

By car

The A738 and A737 roads run through Kilwinning. Car parking is available at the railway station.

Get around


Kilwinning boasts an Abbey offering a timeline of history. The Kilwinning Abbey is open to the public and the only surviving tower can be climbed to the top where you will have a panoramic view of not only Kilwinning but the surrounding countryland.

Kilwinning also boasts the Eglinton Castle Ruins. The building once a large, beautiful mansion was burned down and damaged heavily during the war. The building is now centre for the park with which it sits centre. The park offers a fun day out for the family with a disabled-friendly park and beautiful country walks.

You could also visit Scotland's, if not the world's, oldest lodge. The town is notable for housing the original lodge of the Freemasons. This building, may not however, be opened to the public but contact a forehand before visiting.


Kilwinning is not mainly known for the activities that it holds, primarily because it doesn't have any. The town has a great sporting facility in the Pennyburn estate of the town. The club offers: fitness suite; assault course; blaze pitches for football and other foot based ball games; and soon (currently in construction) there will be a new £2 million pavilion offering better changing facilities, football pitches, etc.

Activities are found outwith the town in Irvine, North Ayrshire's capital, with the Leisure Centre. Kilwinning has superb transport links with trains every half-hour leading into Glasgow or Ayr.



Kilwinning has a great selection of different places where you can receive pleasant food; Greggs, newly opened in the town-centre, being one of those places. Kilwinning has a vast array of take-away outlets serving Indian, Chinese, and the good old classic fish and chips. There are also pubs who serve great food also, the LimeTree being one of those places.



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