Darvel is a small town in East Ayrshire, situated on the A71, around 10 miles from Kilmarnock and 27 miles 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. At the foot of nearby Loudoun Hill stands the amazing sculpture 'Spirit of Scotland' next to a small picnic area. This steel sculpture celebrates Wallace's victory over the English here in 1297.
There are several places to eat within Darvel, and a selection of independent shops too for your shopping needs. The Darvel Music Festival has taken place in the town annually since 2001.