St Bridget’s Kirk, Dalgety Bay, Fife, Scotland

St Bridget's Kirk info sign

Well we found St Bridget’s Kirk eventually, it’s a medieaval church ruin. You take a left turn along the coastal path at the Dalgety Bay Sailing Club and walk through the woods. There are warning signs along the path telling you not to eat anything from the sea there. In fact, don’t go down to the beach at all as the signs also say that there is danger of radiation!!! This is a result of contamination from the luminous dials which were in World War II aeroplanes which were dumped there just after the war. They are supposed to be cleaning it all up – sometime.

We could see the stonework of the ruined church through the trees after a while so we kept going even although it was beginning to get dark already, I can’t wait for the winter solstice when the days will begin to lengthen again.

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The photo below is of the view from the side of the kirk/church. St Bridget’s was mentioned in a Papal document as far back as 1178 but obviously it became a Presbyterian kirk in later years.

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This winding staircase leads to the upper floor of the kirk which is an area called the lairdsloft.

St Bridget's kirk stairs

And this is what it looks like up there. The kirk was used until the 1880s so some of the graves outside date from then whilst others are so old that you can’t make out any of the inscriptions at all.

St Bridget's kirk inside

This is the other end of the kirk. The ceilings must have been quite low as the holes where the beams fitted aren’t very high up at all, it must have felt quite claustrophobic.

St Bridget's kirk inside

This is the view from an upper window, I wonder if the glass was coloured or clear. It looks out onto the island which the original monks lived on.

St Bridget's Kirk

It’s a lovely place to visit, quite peaceful despite being popular with the local dog walkers and children.

From the Fife Coastal Path

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Above is a wee section of the Fife Coastal Path at Dalgety Bay, this isn’t a typical section of it though as there aren’t many steps on the path.

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I took a photo of these Michaelmas daisies by the side of the path as they’re a much more vibrant colour than the ones in my own garden.

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I had to zoom in a couple of times to get this one of Oxcar lighthouse which stands in the middle of the Firth of Forth. Scotland’s lighthouses were very difficult and dangerous building projects, as you can imagine from the location of this one. If you want to learn more you might enjoy reading Bella Bathurst’s book, The Lighthouse Stevensons.

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The sun was shining on Leith as this wee tug went up the Forth towards the bridges, you get a good view of them from here but I didn’t take any photos of them that day, I have so many already.

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Two minutes later the sun had disappeared when I took the photo of this tanker Artemis Glory which was anchored by a pontoon, waiting for its turn to be loaded up with gas or whatever its cargo was to be.

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And the one above is of the Edinburgh skyline as seen from Dalgety Bay in Fife.