Darvel is a small town in East Ayrshire, 27 miles (43 km) south of Glasgow.
Located in the Irvine Valley, Darvel runs alongside the River Irvine and was nicknamed 'The Lang Toun' due to its layout on early ordinance survey maps.
Darvel was built on the grid system, with a broad, straight main street and town hall. Hastings Square, in the centre of town, is overlooked by Darvel Central Church, a war memorial and the Dagon Stone, thought by many to be a prehistoric standing stone.
A memorial stands at Lochfield farm where Alexander Fleming, the man who discovered penicillin was born in 1881.