The delights of barn weddings in St Andrews and the East Neuk
The wedding barn charm is enticing couples in with its rustic, traditional country style which is becoming ever popular in St Andrews and The East Neuk of Fife. Uninterrupted countryside, sea views and conventional décor, these barn conversions create a truly spectacular and intimate special day providing you with a blank canvas to allow your imagination to come to life. With these weddings becoming more sought after, there are 3 which particularly stand out to us which exquisitely compliment this beautiful corner of Scotland. If you are looking for this particular type of venue, these should absolutely feature at the top of your list!
The Cow Shed, Crail
Situated in the picturesque fishing village of Crail, The Cow Shed is Kingask’s sister company run by Mike, Gill and Jo. The venue sits nestled amongst the countryside parallel to the coastline, with uninterrupted views over the Firth of Forth out towards the Isle of May and has been part of the family for over 70 years. If you hadn’t guessed already, it was previously a cow shed which formed part of the working dairy farm before being renovated and opened as a wedding venue in 2016. Full of original charm and features, The Cow Shed is powered entirely from its windmill and offers a variety of flexible spaces for your exclusive use, including a courtyard, marquee, barn, workshop, patio and lawn and from May 2020, the roundal.
Kingask are pleased to be able to offer accommodation within close proximity to The Cow Shed which can sleep up to 70 people across 12 properties. The most popular being the Sypsies cottages (Meggie Allans, Sypsies, Cradle, Mick’s), a row of 4 traditional cottages which can accommodate up to 22 people just a few hundred meters from the venue . One of which is detached, perfect for the newlyweds.
Just a short walk away we have another row of 5 cottages (Kirkmay, Nuttings, May Isle, Kirkmay 4, Lairdsgate), which sleep up to 21 people. Lastly, we have 3 houses available in Crail including 3 Castle Terrace (sleeps 6), The Old Vinery (sleeps 10) and 19 Shoregate (sleeps 11) all within no more than a 15 minute walk away.
Kinkell Byre, St Andrews
Perched on the coastal clifftop just East of St Andrews, Kinkell Byre has been hosting barn weddings since 2003. The byre was first built in the 1700s with some of the stone used in construction originating from Kinkell Castle. This stunning conversion provides incredible customisability and versatility divided into six interconnecting spaces spread over 150 square meters.
With over 17 years in the industry, the staff are more than happy to utilise their expertise in assisting you create your perfect day with their top tips and recommendations. The venue itself is littered with traditional features and the tranquil atmosphere it provides is perfection – the mooing from Archie the highland bullock just tops it off (we get to hear him every day from the office!).
Luckily for you, we have your accommodation covered. Just a few hundred meters along the road from Kinkell Byre, just opposite Kingask House, sits a row of 4 traditional country cottages. Our Kittocks Cottage (Cottage, Den, Muir, Corner) offer accommodation for up to 23 people with ample parking and back gardens.
Just a short drive into the centre of St Andrews, we are delighted to be able to offer over 30 additional properties with a range of accommodation sizes to suit your needs
Falside Mill, Kingsbarns
The youngest venue in the local area, Falside Mill is a newly renovated steading situated within the rolling countryside of Kingsbarns, a short distance from St Andrews and Crail. The transformation this derelict mill undertook is admirable, with the steading and mill being tastefully restored exactly as it would have been, with a touch of modernity. The settlement at Falside dates as far back as the 14th century, with the current owners taking it over in late 2016, reviving it into what it is today.
The steading compromises of 6 unique spaces available for your exclusive use including the mill ring, reception, main hall, chill out room, courtyard and gardens, all of which can comfortably accommodate 350 people.
Our Kittocks Cottages (Cottage, Den, Muir, Corner) provide the perfect base for a large group of wedding attendees, whether it be bridal parties, groomsmen, families or friends.
Further along the coast in St Andrews, our wide range of centrally located properties would be perfectly suited for wedding accommodation, many of which are in close proximity to one another for evening gatherings and have easy access to the towns amenities.
There is no doubt about it, if you are looking for a unique, trendy wedding venue that gives the wow factor, barn weddings are the way forward.
The uniqueness of the accommodation we provide means everyone can be together, yet with the privacy of your own space. All our Crail properties and Kittocks cottages are pet friendly, so if you want your 4-legged friend to be part of your big day, they are more than welcome in our homes.
We are delighted to be able to offer guests booking to stay with us exclusive offers in the area. Guests will receive discounted access to the Fairmont gym and spa, the perfect place to get a pre-wedding gym blitz in. For the bridal party, the spa is ideal for a wind down after days of trying to coordinate everything and if you are looking for treatments, guests will receive 20% off all Old Course spa treatments. As for the groomsmen, our 2 for 1 tee time offer at both the Kittocks and Torrance golf courses is great for some pre-wedding golf.
In addition, we have a discounts at a variety of bars and restaurants for you to utilise for family meetings prior to the big day to make sure everyone is in check. Click here for more information on guest offers
We do have a minimum stay requirement of 3 days across all our properties, which means you can check-in with plenty of time to get sorted and enough time to recover from the hangover afterwards without the early check-out looming.