The village and parish of
Scotland lies near the eastern
coast of Fife, in an area known as the East Neuk, 6.5 miles
(10.5 km) southeast of
St Andrews and 3.6 miles (5.8 km)
north of Crail. The name derives from the area being the location of
the barns used to store grain before being transported to the Palace
James Yorkston was brought up in Kingsbarns.
The coast around
Kingsbarns is also known as a challenging surfing
Pitmilly, a former estate that was owned by the Moneypenny family for
over seven centuries, is located about 1.5 miles from
the road to St Andrews. Ruins of two mills and the
Bronze Age tumulus,
Pitmilly Law, are still evident. Little remains of
The civil parish has a population of 443 (in 2011).
2 Notable residents
6 External links
An inn existed in
Kingsbarns for centuries, previously offering a
place of refuge for pilgrims to
St Andrews Cathedral. However, the
18th-century coaching inn standing on the previously established site
has reopened recently under new management
The Barns at Kingsbarns
Barns Cottage in the Square is an historic building that includes the
former infants' school.
The village also has a shop, church and primary school.
Robert Adamson (1852–1902), philosopher and logician at the
University of Glasgow, born in Kingsbarns
Robert Arnot (1744–1808), Presbyterian minister, Moderator of the
General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, and professor of Divinity
at St. Andrews University, lived in
Kingsbarns from 1800 until his
Alexander Peebles (1856–1934), New Zealand prospector and mine
owner, born in Kingsbarns
James Yorkston folksinger (b.1971) grew up Kingsbarns
Vic Galloway, DJ, radio and TV presenter, and journalist grew up in
The forming of the
Kingsbarns Golfing Society in 1793 began the
village's long association with golf, with the course, laid upon land
leased from the Cambo Estate, being in use until around 1850 when it
was returned to farming. In 1922,
Kingsbarns Golf Club was founded,
and a nine-hole course designed by
Willie Auchterlonie was laid out,
but in 1939 the land was again returned to farming as an aid to the
Kingsbarns Golf Links is a man-made links course designed by Kyle
Phillips, a world-renowned golf course architect and developer Mark
Parsinnen. Opened in 2000, it has co-hosted the European Tour's
Dunhill Links Championship
Dunhill Links Championship along with the Old Course at
St Andrews and
Carnoustie since 2001.
Kingsbarns hosted the
St Andrews Trophy in
Jacques Léglise Trophy in 2008, and the Women's British
Open in 2017.
Kingsbarns Distillery and Visitor Centre opened in November 2014 and
began filling barrels of spirit the following March. It was founded by
a local golf caddie who wished to convert a historic and semi-derelict
farm-steading into a distillery.
Kingsbarns pot stills were hand-made at Forsyths in Rothes, Speyside.
Kingsabarns new make spirit has been bottled giving visitors and
curious whisky drinkers a unique chance to sample the spirit before it
^ Census of
Scotland 2011, Table KS101SC – Usually Resident
Population, publ. by National Records of Scotland. Web site
http://www.scotlandscensus.gov.uk/ retrieved March 2016. See
“Standard Outputs”, Table KS101SC, Area type: Civil Parish 1930
^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 5 November 2011.
Retrieved 12 July 2011. , The Barns at Kingsbarns, accessed 12
^ "Barns Cottage". British Listed Buildings.
^ Heath, Alison B. "Peebles, Alexander – Biography". Te Ara
Encyclopedia of New Zealand. Retrieved 16 February 2013.
^ Galloway, Vic (8 July 2013). "Songs in the Key of Fife: The
Intertwining Stories of The Beta Band, King Creosote, KT Tunstall,
James Yorkston and the Fence Collective". Birlinn – via Google
^ "Vic Galloway :: Authors :: Birlinn Ltd". Birlinn.co.uk.
Retrieved 28 March 2015.
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The Barns at
Kingsbarns – official site
Coordinates: 56°18′N 2°40′W / 56.3°N 2.66°