New distillery raises the roof

Kingsbarns project a step closer to completion

• Douglas Clement, William Wemyss, Peter Holroyd and Ian Bownes.

THE construction of a new single malt distillery and visitor centre in a Fife listed building reached a major milestone last week with the completion of the building’s roof.

Kingsbarns Distillery, near St Andrews, has been in development since spring 2013, after the building was purchased by Wemyss Malts.
The project is being supported by a £670,000 European Food Processing and Marketing grant via the Scottish Government.
William Wemyss, director of Wemyss Malts, was joined at a ‘topping out’ ceremony for the roof this month by Ian Bownes, director of site contractor Colorado, distillery manager Peter Holroyd and distillery founder and visitor centre manager Douglas Clement.
Wemyss said it has been a “very exciting year” as the site has been redeveloped.
“We’ve still got a lot to do to fulfil our dream of distilling at Fife’s newest single malt distillery, however we expect to be underway in November and are planning that the visitor centre and cafe will be open to the public from December this year,” he said.
Once completed, the new distillery is expected to produce a Kingsbarns Single Malt Scotch whisky, which will be classified as a Lowlands region whisky.