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Between the cities of Glasgow and Ayr on the banks of the River Irvine lies the town of Kilmarnock, home to around 45,000 inhabitants.

This former industrial town is nowadays a bustling shopping hub for the surrounding area, with a pedestrianised town centre and a huge variety of retail outlets, not to mention a selection of fine bars and restaurants catering to all tastes.

Leisure options in the town are excellent too, with its large Galleon Centre that offers a range of sporting facilities and a number of golf courses situated around the outskirts of Kilmarnock.

The town centre is home to many beautiful historic buildings, many of them listed. One of the most visited of these is the Dick Institute, an art gallery and museum of local history that charts Kilmarnock's industrial past and links to the age of steam. Within its art collection are a wide selection of fine paintings and sculpture, both classical and contemporary.

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