St Bridget’s Chapel
on the shore east of Dalgety Bay, Fife
Looking from a height of about 100 feet (30 metres) from over the beach
towards the north shows the ruins of St Bridget’s Chapel on the shoreline
of the Firth of Forth.
The Kirk is cared for by Historic Scotland and access is free of charge.
History tells us that this chapel was built before 1170 and was owned by the
canons of Inchcolm Abbey on the island a few miles away.
It was reshaped by the Protestant Reformation in 1560 or thereabouts and
again in the early 1600s by the addition of an upper floor (on the left as we look)
for the use of the Chancellor of Scotland and his family. He liked a bit of comfort
when he worshipped, seemingly.
It fell out of use in 1830 when the congregation moved to a new site - the bell
was moved along the coast to Aberdour.
From 120 feet (34 metres) up and a little offshore you can see in this shot the
very close proximity of the Kirk to the gardens of the houses in the eastern
end of Dalgety Bay.
A footpath runs between the Kirk and the houses and part of it
can just be seen in the back right in most of these photographs.
The Kirk is cared for by Historic Scotland and entry is free of though access by
car or wheelchair is a little tricky.