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Raising a glass to Mary

The Queendom’s resident Queen of Gin itsascottishginthing took a trip to Darnley’s Gin Cottage to raise a glass to Mary Queen of Scots and get the inside track on the gin tour!

Read how she got on…

A chance meeting

When Mary Queen of Scots went for a night out at Wemyss Castle in 1565, it led to a chance love at first sight meeting with Lord Darnley.

And it’s this meeting that has inspired one of Fife’s most fabulous Small Batch Craft Gin Brands, Darnley’s Gin.

Visiting Darnley’s Gin Cottage

Isabella Wemyss still lives in Wemyss Castle and is the Lady behind Wemyss Malts and Kingsbarns Distillery.  

Darnley’s Gin Cottage opened in 2017 at Kingsbarns Distillery and the venue is stunning.

An excellent mix of stone built buildings with clean modern interiors set in Fife’s tranquil East Neuk. 

Online booking for gin distillery tours and gin day school adventures is easy.

I chose the distillery tour and on arrival instantly wished I’d chosen the full gin school experience. If you are making the journey there, do the gin school for the ultimate day out. 

The best gin tour yet

I am not telling you everything and spoiling your future fun. But I will tell you I have been on a few distillery tours and this was the smoothest, sleekest experience yet. 

You are taken through the history of Darnleys, a meander through the Wemyss family history in Fife, Gin Street and the gin craze of 1700s. There’s a trip round the world of the brand’s main botanicals. 

Darnley’s Gins are sampled throughout. The butler (aka my designated driver) is treated to a drivers sample pack for later.  

Kirsten was a great brand ambassador speaking passionately and with ease. She was happy to chat and answer questions.

In the visitor centre, there is a well-stocked shop with no pressure to buy any products. The cafe sells a mean cup of coffee and has fine looking cakes. The butler gets a rest as its table service. Perfect. 

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