Kilmarnock, home to around 45,000 inhabitants is between the cities of Glasgow and Ayr. Kilmarnock has links to the famous Scottish poet Robert Burns, his first collection of work was published in the town in the late eighteenth century. To commemorate this fact there is a monument dedicated to Burns in the town's Kay Park which is in the form of a large listed building that fuses many classical architectural styles, at the front of which stands a statue of the man himself.
One of Kilmarnock's most impressive landmarks is the imposing fourteenth century Dean Castle. With its immaculate stone construction and large keep, the castle was a formidable fortress against invading armies and it has lost none of its grandeur over the intervening years.
Once inside visitors can take in the splendour of the huge banqueting hall, enjoy the fascinating exhibition of arms and armour and marvel at the sumptuous tapestries and unusual ancient musical instruments, all of which make up a collection that is virtually unrivaled anywhere in the country.
Surrounding the main building is a beautiful stretch of manicured parkland offering formal gardens, stunning water-features and many rare and exotic species of trees and flowers.
With the town's geographical location it was an important link in the Scottish railway network during the height of the Industrial Revolution, a fact that is epitomised in the shape of the large railway viaduct the passes through the centre of Kilmarnock. Constructed in the mid-nineteenth century, the twenty three stone arches of the viaduct are atmospherically lit at night, making it a hauntingly impressive sight.