One of the most striking architectural features at Kingsbarns Distillery is the doocot - the Scots word for dovecot - and this was originally a free-standing structure, and with its Adam style crenulations and Gothic detailing, it looks to all the world like a miniature fortified tower.
Built around 1800 as part of East Newhall Farm by Thomas Erskine, the ninth Earl of Kellie, this charming Georgian farm steading once serviced Cambo House and the Estate.
But the doocot was not built just for show: its scores of neatly formed terracotta nesting boxes housed a flock of plump pigeons to supply the laird’s kitchen with meat and eggs.
The sandstone masonry and lime harled exterior of the doocot have been carefully restored in the original style. Over 600 terracotta ‘doo boxes’ have been conserved and the pantiled roof replaced, so it’s fit for another 200 years. Today the doos have long since flown but the doocot remains the iconic centrepiece of the former farm steading and a symbol for our whisky. It evokes our roots and heritage, and within its walls we celebrate the future of Kingsbarns Distillery by displaying the first cask to be filled with our spirit.
New Distillery for Darnley's Gin
Exciting news as we have started to develop the cottage behind our distillery into a new distillery for Darnley's Gin. The cottage will also house a small visitor centre so we will also be running gin tours from this summer. Definitely worth celebrating with a G & T with William Wemyss!
We are hiring an Assistant Gin Distiller/Ambassador
We are building a Darnley's Gin Distillery and Visitor Centre at Kingsbarns and have an exciting opportunity for an assistant distiller and gin ambassador to be based here at the distillery.
We are hiring!
We are looking for some new people to join our Visitor Centre team. There are several roles in the café and as tour guide, both full and part time. Please email email@example.com for job descriptions and application form.