Golfers @ Kingsbarns Golf Links, where Golf has been enjoyed over the links land since 1793

Welcome to Kingsbarns.

Enjoy our guide to the local area, courtesy of Premier Stays Fife.

“The name ‘Kingsbarns originates from when the area housed large barns that were used to store grain before being transported to the Palace at Falkland, where Mary Queen of Scots was known to enjoy staying.”

KINGSBARNS is a wonderful area to explore. It has a truly mesmerising Kingsbarns beach known locally as Cambo Sands. Two miles of golden sandy beach and expansive skies provide a magical backdrop in the early morning and evening. If you can stay locally in our fantastic Kingsbarns property, it’s worthwhile waking early or staying late here to appreciate the incredible pink and purple skies on show.


Kingsbarns Golf Links is a renowned course along the picturesque North Sea coastline, just 7 miles from St Andrews Old Course. The stunning sea views make it a memorable and legendary destination for traditional Scottish links golf. With its rippling fairways, humps, hollows, and the Cambo burn, Kingsbarns offers a unique and challenging terrain that attracts golf enthusiasts from around the world.

Kingsbarns is renowned for its great views of the surrounding coastline, making it a picturesque and memorable golfing experience. The clubhouse, though modern, offers stunning views that add to the overall charm of the place. The changing rooms provide a sense of history as they have been used by many golf legends before, creating a special atmosphere for visitors. Playing a round at Kingsbarns offers a great experience and allows you to soak in the beauty of the scenery surrounding the course.

Cheesy Toast Shack Kingsbarns


Don’t worry if you haven’t brought your thermos or a picnic to the beach. The Cheesy Toast Shack is open year-round and provides hot and cold drinks and incredibly melt-in-the-middle toasties, from mac and cheese to cheddar & chorizo varieties. Nothing beats fresh hot food on a breezy Kingsbarns beach day! Exceptionally clean facilities mean you can conveniently wash your hands after some rock-pooling or sandcastle-making and make a real day of it.

The Inn at Kingsbarns

Away from the beach, a peaceful stroll around Kingsbarns village will take you past a handy local shop, post office, church and popular family-run hotel and restaurant. The Inn at Kingsbarns holds barbeques in the summer, or if the weather is chillier you can nurse a dram or a refreshing gin and tonic in their Bar or Snug.

Kingsbarns Distillery

KINGSBARNS, UK – 24th January 2019: Kingsbarns Distillery celebrates the launch of its first flagship whisky, Dream to Dram – Lowland Single Malt, during a launch event at the distillery in East Fife. (Photograph: MAVERICK PHOTO AGENCY)

If Whisky is your tipple, The Kingsbarn’s Distillery offers various tours to give you a hands-on introduction to Scotch Whisky. A basic tour allows you to see the working distillery and then be led to one of their tasting rooms to try their new spirit and two samples of their Single Malts. (Adult £12 Child over 8, £4) Check out their website https://www.kingsbarnsdistillery.com for more immersive tours and experiences. Don’t forget to visit the Kingsbarns Distillery, founded by a local golf caddie, and learn about the history and process of creating this beloved spirit.

Kingsbarns is probably best known for its world-class links golf course, designed by architect Kyle Phillips and developed by Mark Parsinnen. Opened in 2000, the man-made links course has co-hosted the European Tour’s Dunhill Links Championship and the Old Course at St Andrews and Carnoustie since 2001. Kingsbarns also hosted the St Andrews Trophy in 2007, the Jacques Léglise Trophy in 2008, and the Women’s British Open in 2017. It is a must-visit for golf enthusiasts in the area, and Premier Stays Fife is happy to guide our guests to the local area.

Our property, The Swallows, in Kingbarns, is a beautifully presented, spacious, and well-equipped cottage with a garden and parking, and it is just 10 10-minute drive from the bustling town of St Andrews. We would be delighted to help you book your next stay with us in Kingsbarns – the perfect tranquil base to explore all the East Neuk has to offer.