Darvel is a small town in East Ayrshire, located at the eastern edge of the Irvine Valley and sometimes referred to as "The Lang Toon" due to its quaint appearance on Ordnance Survey maps. The town's Latin motto, "Non sibi sed cunctis", means "Not for ourselves, but for others".
Darvel is situated along the A71 that runs from Irvine to Edinburgh. Darvel is nine miles east of Kilmarnock and is the most easterly of the Valley Towns, beyond Galston and Newmilns. It was the birthplace of Alexander Fleming, and was historically known as the Lace Town for its extensive textile industry.