Kilmarnock town centre

Kilmarnock, the largest town and the main shopping centre in East Ayrshire, is ideally situated close to the Ayrshire coast and with excellent transport links from Glasgow and around Ayrshire.

The town centre is an eclectic mix of historic and modern and its retail offer includes a broad range of independent specialists offering some exceptional quality products.

We are fortunate to have parks in and around the town centre. Howard Park lies to the south of John Finnie Street and the beautiful Kay Park is just a short walk. To the north of the town centre lies the Dean Castle Castle Country Park| with its many facilities and activities.

One of the most internationally famous names in the world started his business in Kilmarnock - Johnnie Walker marketed his Walker's Kilmarnock Whisky in the town. He is commemorated by a statue close to the Laigh Kirk in the town centre.

Nearby in Strand Street is the former Johnnie Walker bond warehouse which has just undergone a restoration programme, bringing this beautiful building back to full use as a key administrative centre for East Ayrshire Council.

At The Cross in the town centre is a statue of Robert Burns and the printer, John Wilson, commemorating the publication of the first edition of Burns' poems close to that site in 1786.   

In King Street, The Cross and at Foregate Square there are modern sculptures by Shona Kinloch which add a modern and fun twist into the town’s public art.

John Finnie Street is renowned as one of the finest examples in Scotland of a Victorian street with its beautiful red sandstone buildings. Bank Street is a narrow cobbled street with a medieval layout with the New Laigh Kirk as a main feature. The church has a compelling history and it is also believed that Edgar Allan Poe was sent here to copy inscriptions from gravestones as part of his schooling.

Kilmarnock has a strong cultural offering with the Dick Institute and The Palace Theatre complex in the town centre and the groundbreaking Burns Monument Centre offering a world class genealogy facility in the Kay Park.

Kilmarnock Shopping

Kilmarnock offers a great mix of shopping, with some of the largest national retailers located alongside a selection of over 60 independent retailers offering a personal service that is second to none.

The national stores including Marks and Spencers, Boots, BHS, Top Shop, Clarks and WH Smith are centred around the pedestrian area of King Street whilst Wilko is just around the corner in Fowlds Street.

What makes Kilmarnock special is the independent and specialist shops providing a broad range of products and and services. Music, weddings, children's clothing, hand-made stationary, art galleries, gifts, on trend fashion is just a sample of what is available.

Kilmarnock also has several family run independent furniture shops all within close proximity of one another offering good quality furniture as well as JD Geddes, an award winning kitchen designer, is also based in the town.

Most of the independent shops are located in the Foregate, Bank Street, John Finnie Street and Titchfield Street.

Farmers' market

Kilmarnock hosts a Farmers' Market| on the third Saturday of every month (except January) selling a range of locally produced food.

Contact Information

Town Centre Manager - Kilmarnock and Cumnock - Fiona Nicolson
The Johnnie Walker Bond
15 Strand Street
East Ayrshire
Telephone: 01563 503014