Kilconquhar castle is in reality a fortified house and was the seat of The Earl of Lindsay. In 1266 the owner was Adam of Kilconquhar, Earl of Carrick, who had acquired that Earldom by marrying Marjory, daughter and heiress of the late Earl. Adam went off to the Crusades with his friend Robert Bruce in the train of Prince Edward of England and died in Palestine in 1270 in Bruce's arms, imparting to him his last messages to be taken home to his wife. Bruce took two years to return to Scotland, but then went directly to Turnberry Castle to pass these last messages on to the Countess of Carrick. The Countess, however, was by no means a disconsolate widow, her experience of wedded life having been so brief. She was so struck by the noble appearance of Robert Bruce that, after only fifteen days residence at the Castle, they were married. The Countess's possessions passed to Bruce, who became Earl of Carrick and Lord of Kilconquhar. The son of this union was the great Robert the Bruce, restorer of Scottish liberty.
Kilconquhar castle is currently a high end holiday resort and wedding venue.