New Kingsbarns distillery marks ‘topping out’ with a dram

Published: 8 Aug 2014 09:00

ARTISAN food and drink suppliers, as well as those in the hospitality industry, will be pleased to hear that the new Kingsbarns Distillery in Fife has taken another step towards completion.

Distillery team celebrates topping out by dowsing refurbished roof with a dram.

Distillery team celebrates topping out by dowsing refurbished roof with a dram.

The single malt distillery, which has been under construction since earlier this year, passed a major milestone last month when the finishing touches were added to the roof of the refurbished listed building.

Director William Wemyss visited the site to put one of the last roof tiles in place – otherwise known as ‘topping out’ – flanked by founder and visitor centre manager Douglas Clement, distillery manager Peter Holroyd and site contractor Colorado director Ian Bownes.

According to the distillery, topping out is a building industry tradition, in which a roof or top is completed – an occasion the group marked with a dram from the Wemyss Malts whisky range.

The completion of this next stage comes after the Wemyss family bought over the project, which is being funded with the help of a £670k Scottish Government European Food Processing and Marketing grant, in early 2013.

The distillery, whose new Kingsbarns Single Malt Scotch Whisky will be classified in the Lowlands region and will be available after a minimum of three years’ maturation in oak casks, is situated on the historic East Newhall Farm Steading site, close to the world-famous Kingsbarns championship golf course on the Cambo Estate, around six miles from St Andrews.

Fife-grown malted barley is being used to make the spirit, which will be matured predominantly in ex-Bourbon casks.

Wemyss said: “It’s been a very exciting year watching the site re-development progress. 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 for the visitor centre and cafe to be open to the public from December this year.”

Follow the progress of the project at

Jump to first paragraph.