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Cumnock is an historic market town in the south of East Ayrshire where the waters of the Glaisnock and Lugar meet.

The town has many historical connections stretching back to the time of the Covenanters in the 1600s to the strong socialist heritage and its role as a mining centre. The founder of the Labour Party, James Keir Hardie, lived in Cumnock for a large part of his life.


Cumnock is the second-largest town in East Ayrshire and you may be surprised by what the town can offer. The diverse mix of independent shops and high street retailers make that shopping trip further afield not quite as necessary as you might think.

What makes the shops in Cumnock unique is their individuality and personal service. Whether you are looking for a new outfit, the perfect birthday present, a new television or homeware, the shops in Cumnock offer friendly service, professional advice and excellent value.

Why not explore Cumnock today and discover traditional shopping the way it used to be.

Cafés and hotels

Whether you are looking for a mid-morning coffee or a three-course dinner, Cumnock has a good selection of cafés and hotels.

Excellent home-baking and light lunches can be found at Words of Wisdom in the Square or Millies Corner in Timbermills. The Royal Hotel offers a wide range of menus, from dining in their restaurant to a simple snack in their relaxing lounge and the refurbished Dumfries Arms Hotel offers an extensive menu featuring local produce.

Parking and travel

Getting to and around Cumnock couldn’t be easier.

Parking is free and the town has good public transport links and an excellent community transport service through Coalfield Community Transport.

Dumfries House

Dumfries House, just outside Cumnock, was built by the Adam Brothers between 1745 and 1759 and saved for the nation by HRH Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay, in 2008.

Dumfries House, and its world renowned collection of Chippendale furniture, is a top destination for visitors with a regular programme of tours, lecture and events centred around its high quality facilities and extensive grounds which have been lovingly restored.

Outbuildings have also been restored and now offer centres of excellence in hospitality and engineering.

Contact Information


Community Led Regeneration Team
Council Headquarters
London Road
Telephone: 01563 576075