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Kilconquhar

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History

Both Kilconquhar Estate and the picturesque village of Kilconquhar go back into the mists of time.  The village church, which overlooks Kilconquhar Loch, marks a site that has seen Christian worship since 1243 with more ancient forms of worship having been recorded there prior to that date.

Records of the estate go back to 1200 when it belonged to the Earls of Fife.  In 1270, Adam, Earl of Fife died on a crusade and his widow married Robert Bruce (father of Robert 1st of Scotland). This led to the estate passing to Patrick, Earl of Dunbar, who had married Christian Bruce, sister of Robert 1st. Kilconquhar remained in the Dunbar family until 1564 when it was bought by Sir John Bellenden, whose descendents owned the estate until 1634 when they sold it to John Carstairs.  His family in turn sold it in 1722 to Thomas Bethune of Tarvit, a descendent of the famous Cardinal Beaton.  When Thomas died in 1764, Kilconquhar Estate passed to George Lindsay of Wormiston, who had married Thomas’ daughter, Margaret Bethune.  It has remained in the Lindsay family ever since. The Kilconquhar Estate today belongs to Jamie Lindsay (16th Earl of Lindsay) who lives nearby with his family of five children.

The Business

Kilconquhar is a mixed farm with wheat, barley and oats as well as grassland for rearing sheep and cattle. Many of the arable operations are performed by the neighbouring Gilston Estate, also a member of the East Neuk Estates Group.  In total, the estate is around 1,000 acres. It is committed to environmentally responsible and LEAF (“Linking Environment and Farming”) farming. A more detailed explanation of LEAF farming can be found on the Gilston Estate website stands for “Linking Environment and Farming” LEAF

Kilconquhar Farm has also developed a successful equestrian business at Incharvie – on the small road that connects Kilconquhar and Colinsburgh villages. www.incharvieequestrianservices.co.uk

Kilconquhar Estate adjoins the picturesque Kilconquhar Village (2010 winner of the ‘Best “Wee” village in Fife’) and Kilconquhar Loch, and lies a mile or so from the coast and the seaside village of Elie. 

Kilconquhar Loch is jointly owned and managed with the neighbouring Elie Estate.   The loch is an important site for both breeding and wintering water birds, including the rare Little Grebe that rears its chicks in the reed beds around the loch. Given the importance of the loch for bird life, Scottish Natural Heritage designated the loch and surrounding area a Site of Special Scientific Interest. In 2009 Kilconquhar and Elie Estates entered into a Management Agreement with Scottish Natural Heritage to ensure the loch continues to be managed for the benefit of the environment. Water level is regulated by a complex drainage system known as the loch run which runs south, largely in a deep underground culvert and finally out to sea through the Elie Harbour wall. 

Greatest care is taken to preserve the peace and quiet of the natural surroundings of the loch and the use of watercraft is strictly controlled by Fife Council and SNH.  Please click here for a list of the actiities controlled by SNH.

"An Estate provides an attractive and varied landscape of farming, woodlands, a small river and a loch"

Currently available at Kilconquhar

Shooting Small driven and walked-up mixed days shooting are let out at Kilconquhar and on nearby ground. Contact William Gear, keeper for details.

Tel 01333 360467