The village and parish of Kingsbarns in 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 at Falkland.
The coast around Kingsbarns is also known as a challenging surfing area.
Pitmilly, a former estate that was owned by the Moneypenny family for over seven centuries, is located about 1.5 miles from Kingsbarns on the road to St Andrews. Ruins of two mills and the Bronze Age tumulus, Pitmilly Law, are still evident. Little remains of Pitmilly House.
The civil parish has a population of 443 (in 2011).
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
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 death
- Alexander Peebles (1856–1934), New Zealand prospector and mine owner, born in Kingsbarns
- James Yorkston (b. 1971), musician and writer, grew up in Kingsbarns
- Vic Galloway (b. 1972), DJ, radio and TV presenter and journalist, grew up in Kingsbarns
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 mined to prevent the Germans landing on the coast.
Kingsbarns Golf Links is a man-made links course designed by Kyle Phillips, a world-renowned golf course architect and developed by Mark Parsinnen. Opened in 2000, it has co-hosted the European Tour's Dunhill Links Championship along with the Old Course at St Andrews and Carnoustie since 2001. Kingsbarns hosted the St Andrews Trophy in 2007, the 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. Kingsbarns new make spirit has been bottled giving visitors and curious whisky drinkers a unique chance to sample the spirit before it matures.
- 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.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link), The Barns at Kingsbarns, accessed 12 July 2011.
- "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. ISBN 9780857902313 – via Google Books.
- "Vic Galloway :: Authors :: Birlinn Ltd". Birlinn.co.uk. Retrieved 28 March 2015.
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