A town and railway junction in the Cunninghame district of North Ayrshire, Kilwinning lies near the mouth of the River Garnock, 3 miles (5 km) north of Irvine. In the 8th century a church is said to have been founded here by St. Winning. A later Tyronensian abbey, linked to Kelso, became an important religious centre with a market. Kilwinning was a noted centre of archery in mediaeval times and later developed in association with coal mining, quarrying, iron-founding and textile manufacture. Modern industries include whisky blending and bottling and the manufacture of plastics and electronics. In 1966 Kilwinning was included within the designated New Town of Irvine.
Nearby are Eglinton Country Park, Dalgarven Mill, and the new town of Irvine.