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.
Darnley’s Gin School - Distil Your Own Experience
Join us at Darnley’s Gin School for a Distil Your Own Experience where you will take a tour of the distillery, create your botanical recipe before a lesson on distilling gin on a traditional mini copper pot still.
Founders' Club membership available in 3 month instalment
Are you still interested in receiving the inaugural bottle of Kingsbarns single malt and becoming a members of the Founders' Club?
Kingsbarns Distillery's Spirit Reaches 3rd Birthday
The Wemyss family’s fledgling Fife distillery visitor centre was opened to the public on St Andrews Day 2014, with spirit distillation beginning in January 2015. After a few months perfecting the spirit style, the distillery manager, Peter Holroyd, proudly filled the first casks on March 23rd 2015.