A brand new £2.3 million single malt whisky distillery and visitor centre is soon to be built at Kingsbarns by a well known Fife family.

The Wemyss family, which is already heavily involved in the whisky, wines and spirits industry will be helping to realise the dream of Kingsbarns Distillery founder Doug Clement on land leased from Sir Peter Erskine’s Cambo Estate.

It is expected that work on the historic and charming East Newhall Farm Steading will begin early this year, with a view to beginning distilling and welcoming visitors a year later.

Approximately six miles from St Andrews, the distillery will be built within

sight of the world-famous Kingsbarns championship golf course.

The Wemyss family is being supported with a grant of over £650,000 from the Scottish Government.

The Wemyss family has links with the whisky industry going back

to the turn of the 19th century when John Haig (founder of Haig’s) built his first

distillery on Wemyss land, and since 2005 with the independent bottler Wemyss Malts.  

There is also a historical link between the family and the site, as the 7th Earl of Wemyss actually owned part of Cambo Estate between 1759 and 1783.

William Wemyss, speaking on behalf of the family, said:

“The rare opportunity to distil our own single malt whisky and develop a new Scotch whisky brand to support our existing business as an independent bottler will secure  the family interest in Scotch for the next generation. 

“We are delighted to be working with the Scottish Government, Sir Peter Erskine and Kingsbarns Distillery founder Doug Clement, to bring a new distillery and visitor centre to the East Fife area”

The government funding award was part of the September tranche of money approved through the Food Processing, Marketing and Cooperation Scheme.
It is a capital grant which provides assistance towards the construction of buildings and purchase of plant and equipment.

The distillery planned for the late 18th century steading already has full planning consent from Fife Council.

The company was formed in May 2009 by Doug who has a first class honours business studies with marketing degree from the University of Abertay Dundee. 

The Scottish Government announcement states that the award is towards the £2,234,807 renovation and conversion the existing building into a distillery.

The historic family seat is WemyssCastle in Fife, where the family has lived since the 1300s.

The family already own Wemyss Malts which is an independent bottler with a whisky  range including the blended malt whisky range comprising: The Spice King, The Peat  Chimney and The Hive single malt single cask bottlings.

There is also the recently launched 15 years old blended Scotch named Lord Elcho after one of the Wemyss family’s ancestors.

The Wemyss family premium wines and spirits brands also include boutique gin Darnley’s View, together with the premium wine estate of Rimauresq Cru Classé in Cotes de Provence.

The photograph shows part of the steading site

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