Dalmeny Village and Kirk

Well, what can I say? There’s not a lot in Dalmeny really, so I hope it isn’t a disappointment to you. I must admit that it appealled to me though. We passed this field on the road up to the village from South Queensferry. It’s not a bad view I think, considering the time of the year.

A field near Dalmeny Scotland

Then when you get to the top of the road the war memorial is just about the first thing you see. The village houses are all very similar, they look like they were originally built for farm workers. The village is so quiet that it’s amazing to think that it’s just a hop and a skip from Edinburgh.

The war memorial at Dalmeny

I was chuffed to see that there is a large and very old church in the village. I’ve said it before – that I must stop taking photos of churches – after all I’m not in the least bit religious, but I do love mooching around old graveyards, and I just can’t break myself of the habit of photographing them. It’s very obvious that this church, called Dalmeny Kirk, has had a lot of restoration work done on the tower. In fact we thought it had been done recently but apparently it was restored in 1937.

Dalmeny Kirk, St Cuthbert

It’s a big church and I couldn’t get a stitch of it, but as you can see, it’s obviously a very old building in fact I was gobsmacked when I got home and googled it, because this is the oldest Norman church in Scotland and is over 1,000 years old!! Obviously that makes it pre-Reformation, you can tell by the design anyway that it wasn’t built as a Presbyterian church. It’s much too ornate and curvaceous for that.

Dalmeny Kirk, St Cuthbert,

In fact, in its original guise as a Roman Catholic church it was known as Saint Cuthbert’s. It seems to be well used nowadays as they have musical events there from time to time. As there really isn’t anything else in the village I suppose it is the focal point of the community, which is just as it was always meant to be.

Dalmeny Kirk door.

The graveyard is quite large and has some very old gravestones in it but a lot of them are so worn that it’s difficult to read them. I liked this one just because it’s so Victorian. It commemorates a sea captain and his wife.

a nautical headstone

And that’s Dalmeny, because we didn’t get the length of the other road which leads to the railway station. I think there are some more modern houses there, and for all I know there might even be a pub, otherwise the inhabitants will just have to go down to South Queensferry if they want to do some shopping, or drinking, there are plenty of pubs and hotels there.

To read more about the church and see some photos of its interior have a look here.

12 thoughts on “Dalmeny Village and Kirk

    • Peggy Ann,
      I sometimes see people doing that but a lot of the older stones here were unreadable. Others were those ancient ones with a skull and crossbones on them, quite scary looking.

  1. Didn’t know that about the church being the oldest Norman church, but I thought Norman arches were pointed and the round ones were Saxon. Not to worry.

    The railway station was worth visiting but I’m not sure what it’s like now. There was a fire – oh a good number of years ago now – but maybe it has been restored.

    • Evee,
      I haven’t the foggiest about the architecture, it might be just that the builders were Norman, they were the same ones who built at Dunfermline but the really old bits there are just ruins now with hardly anything left to see. It sounds like the railway station will have been renewed then, so many of the nice old ones have been modernised, but we’ll take a look at it sometime. I love the station at Aberdour and the plants always look good too.

  2. I grow up in Dalmeny, my dad was the minister of the church, village has not changed much in 30 years.

    • Rachel Anne Jeffrey,
      It must look much the same as I didn’t see any new builds. I presume you lived in the large manse then, it sounds like quite an idyllic childhood.

  3. More new builds down the bottom of the village, it was ok but because I went to school in Edinburgh most of my friends were there, so a lot of travelling back and forth.
    I remember when they renovated the church hall, two workmen died when a wall fell down, which was tragic. The original manse was on the left side of the church, but it changed when we moved there when I was about 4 to the large house on the right side,it has since been sold and no longer a manse.
    It was weird looking at a graveyard everyday through my bedroom window. The church is amazing inside too, it used to always be open, but sadly not now, modern times!

    • Rachel Anne Jeffrey,
      I wondered if that large house on the right was still the manse. I think most of the big ones have been sold off now. We are hoping to move soon when my husband retires so we’re looking around various places but Dalmeny was too quiet for us, it’s amazing to think how close you are to Edinburgh and it’s so rural. I’d love to see inside the church sometime but that would mean going to one of the musicals on in it, or to a church service I suppose! My husband’s grandfather was an episcopal minister but I don’t think any of the houses they had overlooked a graveyard. What a shame about the workmen.

  4. Katrina was quite right about her, “Norman church”. Norman arches were curved while some Saxon were curved and others pointed. Dalmeny station is well used and is most certainly worth a visit. One of the best views of the Forth Bridge (NEVER call it the Forth rail bridge!!) is from the pedestrian bridge between the platforms at the station. Although the station has been renovated, it still retains many original architectural details.

    • Sandy Laird,
      I still haven’t been back to take a look at the other end of the village and the station, I must rectify that soon. Thanks for dropping by and taking the time to comment.


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