Dunlop is a small parish on the north-eastern side of the county, abutting Renfrewshire. Indeed part of the parish lies within the former county of Renfrewshire. It is centred on the village of Dunlop that lies just off the A735 road between Kilmarnock and Glasgow. The village has grown around Main Street, an attractive gathering of single storey cottages, leading the church, whose history is outlined above. Alongside the church is the Clandeboye School, which dates from 1625.
An 1837 description of the parish, including a listing of the key personalities of Dunlop, is given in this extract from Pigot's Directory for Ayrshire. The transcript was provided by Keith Muirhead from Queensland.
Dunlop House, built in 1834, a large house in the Scots Jacobean style, lies to the south-east of the village.
The parish includes the village of Lugton at the junction of the A735 and A736 roads.