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OS grid reference NO 34670 511
Civil parish
  • Kennoway, Windygates and Balgonie
Council area
Lieutenancy area
Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town LEVEN
Postcode district KY8
Dialling code 01333 (north of River Leven) & 01592 (south of River Leven)
Police Scottish
Fire Scottish
Ambulance Scottish
EU Parliament Scotland
List of places

Windygates is a small village and surrounding district in central Fife, Scotland.

The district encompasses the following villages, farms and estates; Wellsgreen Farm, Little Lun Farm, Woodbank Farm, The Maw (a former mining community on the Standing Stane Road), Cameron Farm, Isabella (an abandoned mine), Smithyhill, Cameron Bridge, Bridgend, Durie Estate, Duniface Farm, Haughmill (a former weaving community), Drumcaldie, The Meetings (Confluence of Rivers Leven and Ore), Bankhead of Balcurvie Farm, Fernhill, Fernbank (both former farms), Balcurvie Village (a former weaving community), Little Balcurvie (now known as the small holdings), Hawthorn Bank, Kennowayburns and Windygates Village itself.

Housing demands of the 20th century brought all of these, almost forgotten identities, together into a district now commonly known as Windygates.

Windygates is situated off the A911 to the west of its sister village Milton of Balgonie, to the north of Kirkcaldy on the A915 and to the south of Kennoway on the A916

The Windygates Hotel at the village cross was originally a coaching inn, and there were toll gates at the cross until the late 19th century, when the village grew to accommodate the nearby Cameron Bridge distillery.

Famous Residents[edit]

Historian Gordon Donaldson lived his final years in Windygates and died there.


Coordinates: 56°11′34″N 3°03′16″W / 56.192738°N 3.054414°W / 56.192738; -3.054414