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Kilmarnock

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Kilmarnock is the largest town in East Ayrshire and its main centre for shopping. It is conveniently located in attractive countryside, close to the Clyde coast and within easy reach of Glasgow.

Recent town centre environmental improvements received a national award. At The Cross in the town centre is a statue of Robert Burns and the printer, John Wilson, commemorating the publication of the first edition of Burns' poems close to that site in 1786.

Nearby are John Finnie Street, one of the finest Victorian streets to be seen in Scotland, and the old Laigh Kirk, where Edgar Allan Poe is thought to have been set to copying inscriptions from gravestones as part of his schooling.

One of the most internationally famous names in the world started his business in Kilmarnock - Johnnie Walker marketed his 'Walker's Kilmarnock Whisky' which then became 'Johnnie Walker's'. He is commemorated by a statue close to the Laigh Kirk in the town centre.

The town has a full range of facilities which are likely to be of great interest and assistance to the visitor.

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