Kilmarnock is steeped in a mysterious history, all passed down through Chinese whispers. In 1668, the town was destroyed by a fire and wasn't re-established until 1800 with the onset of the Industrial Revolution. Luckily, for the residents of Kilmarnock, a lot of the joy from living here comes with the countryside, and they're in no better place. Sandwiched between the dramatic west coast of Scotland and the bustling city of Glasgow, our hotels near Kilmarnock put you in the perfect place to discover the best of both worlds.
Book hotels in Kilmarnock
Book a hotel in Kilmarnock and find yourself in a real dilemma. What first? City or country pursuits? The newly refurbished Palace Theatre is 1.5 miles from our Kilmarnock Hotel and definitely worth a visit. The outside fa�ade looks even more impressive at night, so make an effort to see it all lit up. If you're visiting Scotland for its incredible scenery, Kilmarnock doesn't disappoint. Make your way up to the Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park. It's a good hour's drive, 21.3 miles north of our Kilmarnock Hotel, but it's totally worth it. The Semple Trail is a 2-3 hour walk, which takes you by ruins and lochs. Keep your fingers crossed for good weather. On the way back, stop off at Struther Farm House for a traditional Scottish meal.
Things to do in Kilmarnock
If you've got time for a trip to Glasgow, it's just over 35 miles from our Ayr Hotel. Visit the classically Victorian Kelingrove Park. The Kelingrove Art Gallery is close, and the most popular free attraction in Scotland, with good reason. Even if you're not interested in the art, the building itself is a spectacle. If you've only got time to visit one place, make it Culzean Castle. A 25-minute drive from our Ayr Hotel will take you to an extravagant clifftop location, the former home of the Marquess of Ailsa. Wish you were in Downton Abbey? Here's your chance.