St Bridget's Kirk

Fife | Dalgety Bay | Church | ★★

St Bridget's Kirk lies hidden away on the coast just to the east of Dalgety Bay. This ruined but still substantial building was built in the 1170s to serve as the parish church for Dalgety: a village of which little now remains. The church survived the Reformation of 1560, being heavily adapted for Protestant use; attendance however seems to have dwindled in the early 19th century as coal mining moved the local population north. Looking at the photo below, you might be wondering why the layout appears unusual for a church. This is because four private burial aisles were added by wealthy families over the centuries, including the structure built for Alexander Seton, 1st Earl of Dunfermline at the west end. Built in the early 1600s, this is grand enough to resemble a house, standing two storeys high with several separate rooms.

[St Bridget's Kirk]

📌 St Bridget's Kirk 
Location: By the coast, east side of Dalgety Bay, G.R.: NT 169838 ///boats.locating.grasp
Open (2019): Interior: April to September. Exterior: always
Cost: Free
Anything else? Modern housing blocks the closest potential access point. Instead, we parked on Sealstrand at G.R.: NT 164837 ///cookies.differ.included and followed the slightly muddy coast path east. It's a 10-min walk to the church.


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