Things to do in Kilmarnock

Our Kilmarnock B&B Accommodation’s Top 10 Attractions 

Tucked away in the West of Scotland, the town of Kilmarnock is one of the country’s hidden gems.

Located in stunning Ayrshire, Kilmarnock is the largest and most populated town in the burgh. A convenient distance away from some of the most spectacular landscapes Scotland has to offer, the now thriving town centre of Kilmarnock provides visitors with the best of both worlds; a chance to experience life in a Scottish town and to be amongst astonishing and remote natural beauty.

Here are just a selection of the best activities Kilmarnock has to offer.



The Dick Institute

The largest museum and gallery space in Ayrshire, the Dick Institute, has become an important cultural mainstay for South West Scotland.

The museum has its own permanent collection, featuring exhibits about the town’s history.  They also curate an exciting programme of exhibitions featuring local young people, contemporary artists and established international work. It’s home to an extensive and fully operational lending library, which acts as the central library for East Ayrshire.



Dean Castle and Country Park

Awarded “Traveller’s Choice” status on TripAdvisor in 2020, you would be hard-pressed to find a more picturesque walking spot in Kilmarnock. 

Fully equipped with a 14th-century castle, farm animals and cafe, this historic park boasts an array of stunning woodland walks and is suitable for all the family.



Varani’s Forum Ices

You can’t pay a visit to Kilmarnock without stopping in at The Forum, one of Scotland’s most famous and top-quality Italian gelaterias. Serving “Ice Cream Heaven” since 1937, the parlour sells a whopping 49 flavours of ice cream per day. These 49 are picked daily from a catalogue of over 1500 variations, so you might just have to visit twice.



Kay Park

This stunning park close to the city centre is a Kilmarnock favourite. With plenty of swings and play areas, it’s an excellent option for families and comes complete with a pond, fountain and ducks.

Kay Park is also home to the Burns Monument centre commemorating Robert Burns. The poet had many ties to Kilmarnock, having published the first edition of his work there. The monument was opened in 1879.



Johnnie Walker’s Grave

In the centre of Kilmarnock, hidden in St Andrew’s Glencairn Cemetery, is whisky legend Johnnie Walker’s final resting place. Kilmarnock was where the whisky giant originated and where he first made and sold his now world-famous scotch. Back then, it was known first as “Walker’s Kilmarnock Whisky”. 



Howard Park

A public park located towards the south of the town, Howard Park almost feels like the countryside. An interesting attraction is “Lady’s Walk”, which commemorates the widow of the Earl of Kilmarnock. After he was sentenced to death, the young widow would take grief-stricken walks in Howard Park.



The Palace Theatre & Grand Hall

The Palace Theatre has a complete programme of year-round shows and events, a central city location and free parking. There’s something for everyone, whether it’s comedy, dance, theatre or children’s shows. It’s a great night out for all ages.



The Swimmer Sculptures

These quirky and amusing sculptures by Shona Kinloch are dotted all around the city centre and high street. Slightly surreal, the sculptures give the illusion that they are swimming around the cobbled streets. They have become identifying features and icons of the town.



New Laigh Kirk

A well-known landmark in the city, Laigh Kirk, is the site of the oldest church and kirkyard in Kilmarnock. It is thought that Robert Burns visited once upon a time.

With beautiful stained glass windows and traditional Scottish church architecture, it’s certainly worth a visit.



Treetop Trials

If you’re looking for the thrill of adventure, look no further than Treetop Trials. Offering a fantastic range of outdoor activities, including rope courses, archery, fishing and mountain biking, the centre offers activities people of all ages can enjoy.

Treetop Trials is located on the grounds of the stunning Craufurdland estate, where you’ll get a real taste of the Scottish countryside.

Accommodation in Kilmarnock


If you are looking to visit our magnificent town, Dean Park Guest House can offer you fantastic Kilmarnock accommodation at our B&B.

With comfortable double rooms, free wifi and easy access to all of the above and beyond, we can’t wait to welcome you with our old fashioned Scottish hospitality. Unlike other Kilmarnock hotels, we are a bed and breakfast in the traditional sense, and our hotel offers complimentary breakfast with every stay.

Dean Park Guest House is easily accessed by public transport. Kilmarnock is well connected to the rest of Scotland; just a 30 minute drive away from Glasgow City Centre. For the rest of the United Kingdom, Glasgow Prestwick airport is just a short drive away.

So come and enjoy a slice of Scottish town life and entertainment whilst remaining a stone’s throw away from remote countryside and beach landscapes. There is no shortage of things to do[1], so we look forward to seeing you.