Kingsbarns Distillery near St.Andrews

Kingsbarns distillery near St Andrews is located about 15 mins or about 14km 8 miles from Saint.Andrews and 3 miles from Crail.

The charming visitor centre features an exhibition and the opportunity to go inside the original 18th century doocot now carefully restored and housing the first cask of whisky making process and show you round the working distillery finishing with a whisky tasting.

We participated as a team event and did the tour around explaining the whole process from drilling for water, sourcing barley, producing malt and the profound skills involved in distilling right trough to bottling this refined treat.

There are 3 distinguished tours:

  • Kingsbarns tour (1hour) 10:30 – 11.30 – 12.30 – 13.30 – 14.30 – 15.30 £8
  • Doocot tour (1.5hours) 11.00 and 15.00 £20
  • Dream to Dram tour 2.5hours by arrangement £50

Kingsbarns Distillery – Cambo Estate Kingsbarns – Fife near St Andrews opened to the public by 1st of December 2014 and will produce Single Malt Scotch Whisky.


St Andrews distillery at Kingsbarns
Kingsbarns Distillery St Andrews

The Wemyss family, independent bottlers of Wemyss Vintage Malts and extend their range in cooperation with and the Kingsbarns Company of Distillers.

The new distillery near St Andrews placed in a converted farm steading and comprises the distillery covering 6,000 square feet, a cafe, a shop and the visitors centre.

It will be the nearest distillery to the St.Andrews area interesting for tourists with a real interest in the distilling, brewing and fermenting of alcohol also Kings barns is also famed for its golf course.

Upon completion visitors will walk from the car park past the original well which acted as the main water supply to the farm, into the octagonal shaped distillery entrance which used to be a horse gang mill. Then visitors have the option to enjoy the visitors centre and continue on the tour of the distillery, or simply visit the onsite shop and cafe.

The distillery and visitors centre boasts an interpretation space where guests can learn about the history of the area and malt whisky in Scotland from a tour guide, as well as being shown firsthand the distilling process. The final stop on the distillery tour is to one of the tasting rooms on the upper floor.

The still house, which is currently under construction, will hold the equipment to mill and mash the malt. It will also hold wash back vessels where the fermentation of the malt takes place and the two stills used for distillation. There sulting new make spirit has to mature for at least three year in oak casks before it can be called single malt Scotch Whisky. Warehousing will take place in another location.

When the center opens it will provide over 20 jobs to local people over full time, part time and seasonal contracts.

“In the long term the center will be a welcome boost to the local economy, bringing more tourism and employment opportunities to the area as well as growing the existing Wemyss Vintage Malt brand.”

Velvet Fig is a new limited edition blended malt matured wholly in ex Oloroso sherry casks, evoking rich autumn and winter fruits and spices.
Internationally acclaimed musician James Yorkston who is from the local area, of Kingsbarns, celebrated the opening by performing an intimate set including a song he penned especially for the occasion.

Kingsbarns distillery near St Andrews

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