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.
We are open Sunday 4th March
We are open again today! If there is more snow this afternoon, we may close earlier than usual.
Closed Sat 3rd March
Sorry folks but the weather has beaten the transport system and not enough staff could make it to the distillery today so we have been unable to open. Hoping to get bread and milk today so we can open as usual tomorrow but from 1130am. Please check social media in the morning or call after 1030am on 01333 451300 for latest information.
We are closed Friday 2nd March
The snow is still affecting our roads so we have decided not to open again today. Hoping to get some assistance to clear the snow today so that we can reopen tomorrow. Please check social media for latest updates. We will re-schedule any booked tours. Thank you for your understanding.