Kilmarnock is a town with an interesting mixture of old and new, including historical buildings and plenty of entertainment. An evening out in the town might include a visit to the Palace theatre with performances such as comedy, music, theatre and musicals, and the Grand Hall is host to a number of events including music concerts. If you’re eating out in the town, you’ll have a large choice with restaurants of all different menus and styles to suit everyone, and the town has a good range of pubs, bars and live music venues for an enjoyable night out.
The town has a good mix for shopping, with many interesting independent shops as well as the more well known national retailers. For business in the town, conference venues here include those at the Park Hotel, the Palace Theatre and the Grand Hall. Glasgow Prestwick Airport serves the town for air travel, and for more international destinations, Glasgow Airport is not far away.
Kilmarnock Car Hire
Wherever you are in Kilmarnock, it’s guaranteed that you’ll to get a car from one of the leading suppliers who provide Kilmarnock car hire services, you can choose from many of the suppliers including Avis, Enterprise, Europcar, Firefly, Hertz, InterRent, Sixt and others.
You could visit these places in and around Kilmarnock:
Dean Castle and Country Park
You can visit this 14th Castle Keep and 15th century Palace and see fascinating collections of armoury and weapons, along with exquisite medieval tapestries and musical instruments. The large Country Park is a pleasure to explore with woodlands and trails, and interesting wildlife. There’s also an urban farm in the Park where all ages can enjoy the animals which include llamas and fallow deer and donkeys, and children can have fun in the adventure playground.
The Dick Institute
At this large Museum visitors can view an extensive range of exhibits including displays relating to the history of the region and its people, archaeological and natural exhibits. There are also art exhibitions here, including works by local contemporary artists.
Eglinton Country Park
Situated not far from Kilmarnock is this large Country Park where you can come and explore the scenic natural surroundings. There are many paths to follow and you can enjoy the natural wildlife of the area which includes many bird species such as kestrels and buzzards, and animals including roe deer and otters. In the park you can see the ruins of Eglinton Castle and there many lovely woodlands to enjoy. There’s also a fun Play Park here for children, a lake where you can fish and a Visitors Centre and tea room.
Close to Kilmarnock you’ll find the ruins of Dundonald Castle which was built by Robert II when he became king in the 14th century. The Castle was an impressive fortress and had three floors, and you can see the remains of the Castle which stands imposingly on a hill and from where you can have great views across the surrounding area. At the site there’s a Visitor Centre with an exhibition showing the Castle’s history, along with heraldic shields, and the site is also host to various events including the Dundonald Games.
Map of Kilmarnock, click the directions icon to open a larger map for driving directions from Kilmarnock to any other location.