Parking available behind Salvation Army, Sturrock Street, KA1 3AH (pay & display). Kilmarnock bus station is just across the road and the train station is only a few minutes walk away from the start point.
WALK REPORT: 3rd January 2016
Only two days since our last walk and I was delighted that daddy decided to come along with us today! The weather wasn’t amazing but it was dry so no excuses. Thomas had a bigger size of wellies on today and fared much better, only needing carried the final few minutes so we have solved that problem!
The new-build residential area which you come to just after passing through the gate pictured above, used to be the site of Kilmarnock College. The college moved to a new location in late 2016 – the former site of the much loved Johnnie Walker factory on Hill Street, closed in 2012 after a 192 year history in the town.
Next building of interest: the town’s main library, the Dick Institute!
I am actually slightly embarrassed to admit that today was my first time seeing the (now former) Kilmarnock Academy building up close! Since it sits up high away from the street you really need to be going there on purpose and I just never had until today. Kilmarnock Academy has moved now too. It is now part of the newly built William McIllvaney Campus in the New Farm area of the town, which itself replaces the former James Hamilton Academy (where I went!).
This was the point in the walk where Thomas decided he couldn’t walk another step so he finished the walk on daddy’s shoulders. A shame as he was so close to the end but try telling a 2 year old that!
The path back down to the car park passes the remains of Burlington Berties which was destroyed in a fire – back in it’s day Bertie’s was the place to have your 18th birthday bash and I have lots of memories of nights in there, including my own 18th! Biffy Clyro also played a gig in there in 1998! Not much left of it now, always makes me sad to see it lying in ruins.