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".
It is around 7-8 miles away from the coastal towns of Irvine and Ayr.
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.
- "Dean Castle Country Park"
- "Johnnie Walker's Bottling plant" - Hill Street
- "The Dick Institute - Library and Museum" - London Road
- West Coast Karts, 70 Second Avenue, Stevenston Ind Est, Stevenston. KA20 3LR, ☎ 01294603505, . 10 am - 10 pm. Scotland's newest indoor karting centre. various.
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.
- "Merchants" - Is located just behind Tesco's off King Street (Queen street).It was recently named one of Tam Cowan's top picks in his resurant guide in the Daily Record. (Now Closed)
- "First Edition" in Bank Street serves a delicious meal at reasonable prices. Very nice atmosphere as well!
- "September 31" on Bank Street serves the best in locally sourced produce. Affordable, casual, gourmet food.
- "Mamitas" in Bank Street serves delicious food and coffee. Great service and a very friendly atmosphere.
- "House of Chau" - On Nelson Street, just off John Finnie Street. Fantastic Chinese cuisine with great service. Suggest booking due to its smaller capacity. Re-opened in 2013.
- "5 Star"- On Titchfield Street above William Hill. Tasty food with good value. Casual.
- "Cafe da Vinci's" - An Italian restaurant hidden away in Strand Street, just off John Finnie Street. Fantastic food and a great atmosphere. Features weekly specials and offers on pizza & pasta on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Kilmarnock has many pubs and restaurants to choose from. Most pubs screen live football matches and serve basic pub grub until around 7/8pm.
- "Fanny by Gaslight" on West George Street. A rock/metal bar which in the past used to be frequented by bikers. Hosts live acts playing rock music. The outside was recently renovated in 2013.
- "The Goldberry" on Bank Street
- "The Hunting Lodge" at Glencairn Square (Former winner of the Tennents "Best Pint in Scotland" competition)
- "The Bellfield Tavern" at Welbeck Street
- "The Auld Hoose" on Titchfield Street
- "Paris Match" just off King Street, behind Wilkinsons and River Island. Under new management as of 2012. Described as a cafe/bar and serves food from 11am-7pm. Now features monthly band nights.
- "The Howard" at Glencairn Square
- "September 31" on Bank Street serves a massive range of malt and blended whiskeys as well as a huge variety of spirits and liqueurs
- "Oceans 11" on the corner of Fowlds Street and Titchfield Street above a takeaway. Serves food and features a pool table.
- "The Granary" on Fowlds Street. Has two pool tables and the occasional band playing.
- "O'Shannons" on Titchfield Street. Has a dart board and a slush machine!
- "Brass and Granite" on Grange Street. Has a pool table and hosts quiz night's. Large selection of beers on tap!
- "Shaby Chic" on Nelson Street. A little cocktail bar that does express lunches during the day.
- "The Garage" on Grange Street. Part of the bowling/go-kart/function room/Wimpy complex. Turns into a club at the weekends and features a more 'mature' crowd.
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.