Town in East Ayrshire that is ancient and grew in the Industrial revolution. Now the town is attentpting to create a regenerated post-industrial future.

Kilmarnock is the 2nd largest town in Ayrshire after Ayr itself and sits on the main road south from Glasgow. The town was relatively modest until the Industrial Revolution at which point is became famous for its textiles and shoes. The Titanic's carpets were from Killie. It was also the home to Johnnie Walker Whiskies until the factory closed in 2011.

Today, the town remains poised between that industrial past and a new future which is not truly mapped out.

The first Robert Burns book was published in Kilmarnock and is now rare and very valuable.

Tourists as a whole tend to bypass Kilmarnock as they travel to the Ayrshire Coast or down to Dumfries. 

Castles Nearby

Dean Castle

Well preserved stronghold of the Boyd Family who were given these lands by the Bruce. The castle contains a 14thC keep and latrer 15thC palace block as well as later 17thC additions. The surrounding country park is open daily as well and makes day out with kids. The musical instrument collection is outstanding.

Kilmarnock Events

Kilmarnock Outdoor Festival

An interesting mix of guided walks and family events in and around Kilmarnock, including events of historical interest and outdoor photography master classes.

Kilmarnock Fair Festival

Now into the fourth year this music festival is featuring a range of events like the Scottish music scene stalwarts acoustic acts, stand-up comedy and Q&A sessions with performers.

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