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Golf and Whisky Reunite at Kingsbarns After 221 Years

Two of Scotland’s finest exports, golf and whisky have reunited on the edge of St Andrews after the opening of Kingsbarns Distillery.

Located just a short iron away from the golf course at Kingsbarns the distillery will allow golfers to experience the craft of whisky distilling first hand while also having the opportunity to purchase merchandise in the state of the art visitor centre. Interestingly, it also marks a return back to Kingsbarns for the Scottish family distillery owners the Wemyss.

Their historic family seat Wemyss Castle in Fife has been home to the family since the 1300s, also having a deep rooted connection with site of the new Kingsbarns Distillery, Cambo Estate. The 7th Earl of Wemyss was part owner of the very same estate where the distillery stands now in Kingsbarns between 1759 and 1783, ten years prior to the first evidence of golf played at the estate on a 9 hole golf course as it was then.

As outlined by Kingsbarns Golf Links the history of wining and dining after golf on the estate dates back over 221 years.

‘Golf has been enjoyed over the links land of Kingsbarns beginning in 1793. Attired in their blue coats, the Kingsbarns men met for their Spring and Autumn Meetings to challenge for the Societies medals on the links and to enjoy the conviviality of friends over dinner in the Golfers Hall. The Society continued to wager, wine and dine for decades until the Cambo Estate tenant farmer ploughed up the Links in 1850 in order to add to his farmable area.’

Located only 6 miles from St Andrews golf tourists will likely continue flocking to Kingsbarns to sample the world class golf and whisky offering. Kingsbarns Golf Links and Wemyss plan on working together to make the whisky and golf offering accessible for both golfers and non golfers looking to visit however it won’t come cheap. Green fees for the 2015 season at the Kyle Phillips designed Scottish links are set at £226.

Having said that a day at Kingbarns is certainly one to remember so please drink responsibly.

For more information on the new Kingsbarns Distillery visit their website.

Ru Macdonald 


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