Kilmarnock Travel Guide

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Kilmarnock Things to Do

  • Bonfire Night Fireworks

    The best display locally is the one at Kay Park in Kilmarnock. Its done to music and always very enjoyable. They have music before hand and there are stalls and food vans. Entry is free but they ask for a donation in order to fund the following years event. Its very well attended and worth going to if you are in the area on November 5th

  • Dundonald Castle

    After a visit in 1773, Dr Johnson the famous diarist wrote of Dundonald Castle: "Though of considerable size, we could not, by any power of imagination, figure it as having been suitable habitation for majesty". While being Robert II's favourite home and used by Robert III, it is certainly not in any way homely. The massive tower house, which...

  • Rowallan Castle

    We received an invitation from Historic Scotland to take part in one of the guided summer tours of Rowallan Castle held in July. Curious about this hidden gem we went along. We met up at the restaurant of Dean Castle Park in Kilmarnock with the guide. Having time for a cuppa we relaxed until the bus taking us the short distance between castles...

  • Dalgarven Mill

    The River Garnock has flowed down through the centuries through unspoilt countryside. Wildlife abounds in summer and, in spring, the wildflower meadow blossoms. The monks of Kilwinning Abbey saw its potential and built a mill to harness the power of the river. Through modifications and adaptations it ground out flour to feed hungry mouths down...

  • The Dick Institute

    The Dick Institute first opened its doors in 1901. It is home to two of the finest modern Art Galleries, and has many regular, revolving exhibits. The Institute offers a broad range of local history and fare. Much of the fine art collection on display dates back to the early 1800s. By visiting the Dick Institute, you can transcend back into another...

  • Troon

    The coast is only about 8 miles away, so it is easy to escape the town and get some sea air.Troon is the nearest seaside town, but you have Prestwick and Ayr close by to the south and the likes of Largs to the north. Irvine, Saltcoats and Ardrossan are also on the coast, but not the nicest of the bunch!Troon harbour is a busy wee place, with a big...

  • explore

    Couple of times I just got in the car and ended up wherever the road took me. Kilmaurs north of the town. Troon to the south.It's worth getting off the beaten track to enjoy the green, undulating countryside and small villages.Of course it's green because it rains a lot, so I was lucky to have wall to wall sunshine to enjoy as well.

  • The Dick

    The Dick Institute is the town's library, art gallery and museum (WHY...what did you expect?)It was opened in 1901, and is Ayrshire's largest museum. It specialises in the social and cultural history of the county. When I visited they were running a special exhibition on Ayrshire innovators. Very interesting. It's a small place, so an hour is all...

  • The railway station.

    Well ok,not much else here unles I had time and had a good look I am sure to find some very very interesting facts,for now look at this pictures and try to make something of them,ok.If you go to Glasgow by rail you will pass through here.


Kilmarnock Hotels

  • Fenwick Hotel

    Junction 8 M77,Fenwick Village, Fenwick Village, K

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • Premier Inn Kilmarnock

    Stayed 1 night here in May 09. £52 (inc vat, but ex breakfast) per room, single or double occupancy....

  • The Park Hotel

    Rugby Road, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, KA12DP, GB

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

Kilmarnock Restaurants

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    Fenwick Hotel: Fenwick Hotel

    by hevbell Updated Feb 8, 2015

    I have a group of friends who I visit this hotel with on an annual basis for a weekend "retreat". We all love the food here, one of the reasons we continue to return each year. We normally have our meals catered outside the restaurant area but we have also eaten numerous times in the restaurant itself and never been disappointed.

    Favorite Dish: everything I have had here has been fab! No complaints! Last visit I had a lovely turkey and sweetcorn soup, followed by seabass with a smoked salmon and leek risotto. SO GOOD!

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Kilmarnock Off The Beaten Path

  • Dean Park, Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire,...

    by shakeitbaby Updated Jun 26, 2006

    This has got to be Scotland's best kept secret. I have only just found out about it, despite being born and brought 40 min drive up the road and for the last 6 months I have been 5 minutes round the corner.

    There is something here for every one. The 15th century castle is absolutely stunning and sits in beautifully kept gardens. I have not yet had the chance to go inside the castle as I had my dog with me. On the website you can take a panorama tour and I will be back soon.

    There are also miles of walking along by the river and through mature broad-leaf forests. Pick up a free map so you don't get lost!

    For the kids, there is a playground along with donkeys, pygmy goats and an aviary

    The park is conveniently located for Prestwick airport and is not too far from the better known Culzean Castle, Maybole, S. Ayrshire.

    Definitely recommended and as a bonus, entry is FREE!

    Dean Castle, Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire
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Kilmarnock Sports & Outdoors

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    Galleon Centre

    by iaint Updated Jun 1, 2009

    This is where the town's ice rink is located, in a complex with swimming pool, gymnasium etc. The facility is about 20 years old (I'm guessing), but they take good care of it.

    The ice rink section is small - built for curling and public skating, but adopted by the hockey lot anyway. Dark and gloomy, plus very cold in winter. The junior ice hockey club is going through a good spell, with competitive teams and good numbers at u12, 14 & 16. Nothing at u20, but they have a senior (viz adult competitive amateurs) team in the Scottish National League.

    They have a bar and viewing area up above, but the bar is always shut when I need it and open if I'm driving...c'est la vie.

    It is right in the centre of town. Website is quite good - even uses a picture of my son's old u10 team (he's long past that now) to illustrate the ice hockey!

    Equipment: Warm clothes.

    Skates if you wanna try...

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    • Family Travel

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