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By road

From the M6/M74 corridor up the west side of Britain and across Central Scotland, it is an easy and scenic drive to East Ayrshire from any of the following exits:

From the south 

  • follow the A76 to Dumfries, and from there choose between continuing on the A76 up the Nith Valley to Cumnock, Mauchline and Kilmarnock; or the A713 tourist route through Galloway to the Doon Valley
  • follow the A70 to Muirkirk, Cumnock and Mauchline
  • follow the A71 to the Irvine Valley and Kilmarnock

From the north

  • follow the M77/A77 to Kilmarnock
  • follow the A736 or A735 to Stewarton and Kilmarnock

By rail

The rail route from Carlisle to Glasgow Central via Dumfries stops at the East Ayrshire stations of New Cumnock, Auchinleck, Kilmarnock, Kilmaurs, Stewarton and Dunlop. (In summer, this train provides through travel from Newcastle on Tyne to Glasgow Central. In winter, the journey requires a change at Carlisle).

By air

There are regular domestic and international flights into Glasgow Prestwick International Airport and Glasgow Airport, both of which allow easy access and public transport links to East Ayrshire.

Contact Information


Economic Development
Opera House
8 John Finnie Street
Telephone: 01563 503237