About the place
Situated in East Ayrshire, Kilmarnock is popular as a commuter town as it is only a short distance to Glasgow by train or road. As well as good access to shopping, you will find good value accommodation, from sandstone terraced homes to modern flats. Kilmarnock Water runs through the centre of town, offering a slash of greenery, and framed by the landmark multi-arched Viaduct. Cobbled Bank Street marks the town’s historic centre – with old buildings mixed in with 60s brutalism, which perhaps gave Kilmarnock an unfair moniker of being not such an attractive place to live.
For a town with a population of around 46,500, it has a number of claims to fame. It is the place where the first collection of Robert Burns’ poems were first published in 1786, and this is celebrated with the largest Burns monument in Scotland. Also, there is a statue on Strand Street that celebrates another famous Ayrshire figure – that of Johnnie Walker. The whisky brand was founded in Kilmarnock in the 19th century, and was still distilled and bottled there until 2012. Kilmarnock Academy has two Nobel Prize laureates as past pupils – Alexander Fleming, who discovered penicillin in 1928, and John Boyd Orr, founder of the World Academy of Art and Science.
The nearby conservation village of Symington would also make a charming place to live, with a quiet outlook and a sense of history, as well as being surrounded by beautiful countryside.
Transport in Kilmarnock
Kilmarnock is linked directly to Glasgow via the M77, leading onto the M8. Kilmarnock railway has frequent connections to Glasgow, with trains running every 30 minutes. Prestwick airport is also handy, as it is only a short distance away and has buses connected between the town – ideal for a weekend break.
Dean Castle and Country Park makes an enjoyable family day out with a brand new visitor centre and tearoom, along with woodland walks in its 200 acres of land and a 14th century castle to explore. The Dick Institute and Palace Theatre holds a library and museum, as well as with a programme of cultural performances – perfectly placed for students or those with an interest in history. The outskirts of town, and its countryside, offer lots of activities to take part in, such as horse-riding, archery, golf and paintball.
Cafes, shops and restaurants
Kilmarnock is well-served with a number of shopping complexes in town, and south of the centre is a retail park with Odeon cinema, an Asda Superstore, and other shopping opportunities. Additionally, there is a decent selection of restaurants, from Indian and Italian, and one of the favourites is the well-regarded Craigie Inn, with its cosy atmosphere and good pub food.
Famous for: Johnnie Walker, Robert Burns
House types: Converted flats, modern semi-detached homes, sandstone terraces
Transport links: Railway station, good motorway links
Address to impress: The conservation village of Symington,
Best on a budget: Around Bonnyton Road
26 Craigie Road, Kilmarnock
GSPC ref: G242846
This stylish semi-detached house offers modern and thoughtfully presented accommodation with lots of space and charm. Besides, the bright, modern property is in walk in condition, having been tastefully decorated. It includes a reception hallway providing access to the tv/family room at the front of the property and the formal lounge, open plan to the dining room. The kitchen is conveniently located to the rear of the lounge and has modern unites and ceramic floor tilling, with access to the conservatory. The family bathroom completes this level. There are two double bedrooms upstairs, with built-in wardrobes in the master. There is off street parking via the front monobloc, and at the rear there is an enclosed garden.
61b Fullarton Street, Kilmarnock, KA1 2JL
GSPC ref: G192838
This traditional ground floor flat offers a spacious interior within a superb location, just a short distance from Kilmarnock town centre. The flat offers a large lounge which overlooks the gardens to the rear of the property, whilst also providing access to the kitchen, which has a number of floor and wall mounted units in cherry finish. To the front of the flat, there is a large bedroom with bay window, which overlooks Fullarton Street, and there is a large walk-in cupboard. There is also a fully tiled shower room. There is a private garden to the front and rear, with communal drying area available.
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