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.

St Bridget's kirk from sea wall 2

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.

sea from kirk

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.

Braefoot and Dalgety Bay/Firth of Forth

Are you ready for another wee walk? Last Saturday was one of those dazzling bright days which you only seem to get by a coast, so we decided to drive along to Dalgety Bay for a wee bit of a change of coastal view. We had intended going to see St Bridget’s Kirk which is a very old church ruin. We’ve been passing a sign pointing to it for donkey’s years but have always just wheeched past on our way to Dalgety Bay. The photo below is of Braefoot Bay terminal as seen from Dalgety Bay.

Braefoot Bay

The sailing club is very close to where we were standing and as you can see, just to the right of Braefoot there were some yachts sailing about, it was a great day for it as the sun was actually quite warm, amazing for the time of year. I’ve never seen more than one or two yachts at a time together but this lot seemed to be taking part in a sort of sailing equivalent of an eightsome reel, it looked like good fun.

yachts in the Firth of Forth

Here they are a bit closer.

yachts  in the Firth of Forth

And again.

yachts in the Firth of Forth

We realised that due to there only seeming to be the one signpost pointing to St Bridget’s Kirk we had ended up going in completely the wrong direction. I suggested walking to St David’s Harbour to have a look at the information board there which has a map.

The result of that was we had to retrace our footsteps and go along a bit of the coastal path that we hadn’t visited before to reach the old kirk, but more of that walk tomorrow.