Kilmarnock, located in East Ayrshire, is situated between Ayr and Glasgow. It is one of the largest towns in the local area. There is a variety of landmarks that visitors may wish to visit while in the local area, including the Kilmarnock War Memorial as well as Dean Castle, which is believed to date back to the mid-14th Century. Other popular landmarks in the local area include Dean Park, Burns Monument and Kay Park, which spans some 30 acres. There are also numerous shops that are interesting to browse while in the local area, in addition to a variety of different pubs and restaurants to enjoy whilst visiting Kilmarnock.
The Scottish burgh of Kilmarnock is located within the area of East Ayrshire. The burgh of Kilmarnock has a population of about forty four thousand one hundred and seventy. Kilmarnock is roughly half way between Ayr and Glasgow. Kilmarnock is the second biggest town within Ayrshire. The burgh of Kilmarnock is located on the banks of the River Irvine and it flows through the eastern part of the town.
There are a vast number of different areas within the burgh of Kilmarnock and these include Byker, Altonhill, Cowgate and Springhill to name a few.
Traditionally the industries within Kilmarnock were focused around heavy engineering and textiles. From 1837 the locomotive company that was known as Andrew Barclay and Sons were based within the town however the company closed in 1970. During the early part of the 1900's the carpet manufacturers that were known as BMK started production within the town. The carpet manufacturers that were based in Kilmarnock were known internationally for their high quality products. Stoddard Carpets that were the successors of BMK were famous for carpeting the famous ship that was known as the Titanic.
Due to the move of the market towards hard woods and laminated flooring the carpet industry declined within Kilmarnock and it actually ceases in the early part of 2005. Kilmarnock was one of the main shopping areas for the surrounding area for many years however the last twenty years has seen a massive change. The shopping in Kilmarnock has been replaced by places such as Ayr and the new modern shopping area at Braehead.