Shopping and Recreation
The West of Scotland is fortunate enough to be brimming with vibrant town centres and excellent, modern, out-of-town shopping destinations. Of course you can always shop in Glasgow (27 miles) or Edinburgh (70 miles), but a little closer to home you'll find places like Kilmarnock, Prestwick and Ayr town centres and Silverburn Shopping Centre.
Kilmarnock - 9 miles
Kilmarnock is one of the biggest towns in the West of Scotland and has a large, accessible and easy to navigate town centre boasting a fantastic array of high street and independent retailers. You’ll also find plenty of bars, cafes and restaurants and many other services, businesses and places of interest throughout the town centre:
- Burns Mall Shopping Centre – located on pedestrianised King Street, with a variety of shops for all ages
- The Burns Monument Centre is located in the beautiful Kay Park and the local history centre offers resources and assistance for those wishing to trace their family tree
- The Dick Institute – home to the main library, a museum and art gallery
- Dean Castle & Country Park – a 15min walk from the Cross will take you to the stunning medieval castle and park
- The Palace Theatre – host to a variety of shows, plays, gig and events
- Galleon Centre – ice, water and gym facilities
- Kilmarnock Football Club – watch ‘The Beautiful Game’ at Scotland’s oldest football club playing in Scotland’s Premier Division. Dine in spacious contemporary surroundings at the Blues Restaurant & Bistro within the Park Hotel (adjacent to the stadium)
- Odeon Cinema – 8 screen cinema situated in the retail park on Queens Drive
- ASDA Superstore.
- Ayr Central Shopping Centre – modern and vibrant, it’s Ayr's premier shopping destination - home to Debenhams, NEXT, Topshop, Primark, H&M and Clarks
- The Kyle Shopping Centre – a variety of shops, 440 car parking spaces and food court
- Citadel Leisure Centre – swimming and keep fit classes
- Gaiety Theatre – hosts a varied mix of music, drama, opera and musical theatre
- Ayr Racecourse - Scotland's only Grade 1 track hosting around 30 annual fixtures (all year round) with no fewer than 10 Festival/Feature Days for exciting racing
- Robert Burns Birthplace Museum – a unique celebration of Scotland’s favourite son, poet ‘Rabbie’ Burns
- Heads of Ayr Farm Park – indoor and outdoor activities for all the family.
Prestwick - 17 miles
Prestwick is Scotland's oldest baronial burgh, dating back over 1,000 years. It's best known for its international airport, but there is a lot more to it.
Robert the Bruce is said to have drunk the water here, at what is now known as Bruce's Well. The first ever British Golf Open Championship was held at Old Prestwick Golf Course in 1860.
Glasgow Prestwick International airport is situated at the north end of the town. One of its most notable visitors has been Elvis Presley, who touched down in 1960 en route to Germany. Air traffic has increased significantly over the past few years, and will continue to do so, with the patronage of low-cost airline Ryanair, who transport a multitude of weekenders and holidaymakers to domestic destinations, Ireland and the rest of Europe.
Prestwick Swimming Pool hosts many fun, active activities. The town is also home to a variety of pubs, bars, restaurants and cafés to eat and drink in.
Ayr – 18 miles
Ayr is the largest coastal town in South Ayrshire and a popular tourist destination – especially with day visitors – largely due to the beach. Like Kilmarnock, it has a wide range of high street and independent shops, good transport links and a choice of leisure activities:
Silverburn Shopping Centre – 21 miles
Barrhead Road, Glasgow, G53 6AG (0141 880 3200)
Silverburn is a modern, bustling out-of-town shopping centre with a fantastic range of shops, the largest being Marks & Spencer, Debenhams, NEXT and Tesco. Easily accessible by the M77 motorway, it has extended opening hours and a huge choice of restaurants catering for every possible taste and budget (Zizzi, La Tasca, Wagamama, Nandos, Pizza Hut).
In the summer of 2015, the centre was further extended to accommodate a 14 screen Cineworld cinema complex and further restaurants including TGI Fridays, Cosmo, Chimichanga and Carluccio’s.