Kilmarnock is in South West Scotland and is the home of "Johnnie Walker", the world famous brand of whisky. Its 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 can be accessed via the A77 from the north and south or alternatively, the M77 from the north. The town also has a local rail station from which there are trains to Glasgow, Carlisle, Newcastle, and down the west coast past Prestwick Airport and Stranraer. Trains leave for Glasgow every 30 minutes during weekdays.
Stagecoach buses run services into most of the town's areas on a regular basis until around 11pm at night. Regular buses also run to Glasgow, Irvine, Ayr, Stewarton and various other outlaying villages and towns.
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.
Kilmarnock has many pubs and restaurants to choose from. Most pubs screen live football matches and serve basic pub grub until around 8pm, but don't count on anything more sophisticated than pie and chips.
Kilmarnock has a wide mix of accommodation from homely B&Bs/guest houses, to high class hotels.
If in town alone at late night it is best to try and avoid the Burns Mall shopping centre as this has been the site of brutally violent attacks & indeed murders in the past. It would be wise to stay in a group as most of the unsavoury characters that frequent the town cetnre looking for trouble will tend to avoid you if you outnumber them. If in any doubt the police station is in the town centre on St Marnock Street. The same advice also applys to the Howard Park.