Mini guide to Kilmarnock
Situated in the heart of East Ayrshire, Kilmarnock is a town where you are assured
of a warm welcome. Steeped in the history of Scottish kings and heroes, this Scottish
town offers visitors the treasures of Scottish history and culture as well as
enjoy glorious scenery.
Kilmarnock boasts castles and monuments dating back centuries. Most striking
is Dean Castle, with its collection of arms and armour and the extensive country
park which surrounds it. Dating from the 13th century, Kilmarnock House is another
site of interest, built by the famous Boyd family.
At the towns center the Robert Burns statue venerates Scotland's favorite poet
and his printer, John Wilson. Nearby Kay Park also hosts an impressive red sandstone
monument to the poet. Here stands a striking Corinthian column, erected in the
memory of Scottish pioneer, as well as the Dick Institute Museum and Art Gallery.
Kilmarnock town is the largest shopping center in the region and presents the
visitor an opportunity to sample a wide selection of hearty Scottish fares.
The number one activity pursued by most however is an afternoon game of golf
on the countless world-class golf courses on offer nearby.
Exploring the surrounding region is similarly rewarding. The road network is
easy to follow, and scenic routes like the Galloway Forest Tourist Route, wind
you through the beautiful countryside. To the West, The Isle of Arran is known
as 'Scotland in miniature' - a condensed version of mountains and lochs surrounded
by a stunning coastline. Most visited are the strange standing stones on Machrie
Moor and the splendid Brodick Castle. A comfortable distance from town is the
town of Irvine on the coast, which offers quick and reliable ferry services
to the Isle.
The obvious choice for arriving by air is Prestwick International Airport,
32 miles south of Glasgow. The M77 road link and frequent rail and bus services
(45mins) to Glasgow make this a convenient arrival point. Kilmarnock is easily
accessible from this hub by car, coach and train. Motorists can reach Kilmarnock
via the A71. An hourly train service (duration: 40 minutes) departs from Glasgow
Selection of hotels in this region:
The Park Hotel
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