The estate of Kinkell lay to the east of St Andrews and in the twelfth century started at the edge of the town and included St Nicholas Hospital. The chapel, dovecote and castle were a bit further out of the town on the coast below the current farm steading, on Kinkell Ness, sitting above the natural Kinkell Harbour and The Rock and Spindle. By the end of the eighteenth century much of the castle buildings were in ruin and there is evidence that stones from these buildings were used in building walls round the fields on the farm and also in upgrading the farm buildings. In the nineteenth century Kinkell House was also extended and modernised.
The farm buildings as they are now were used for livestock and machinery, and for the storage of crops for most of the twentieth century and in 2003 the majority of the buildings were converted to be used for events and became known as Kinkell Byre.