Geiger counters at the ready; it’s Dalgety Bay

July 5, 2015

Leaving the Forth Bridge

On the 5th of July 2015, our favourite bridge was denoted as a World Heritage Site by United Nations body UNESCO. The shot above was taken looking back at the bridge from our Macwester Malin a couple of days beforehand, as we motored east into an easterly dodging the thunderstorms.


The atmosphere was heavy and ominous approaching Dalgety Bay. According to Wikipedia, a series of radioactive objects have been found off the shoreline of Dalgety Bay, and one found in 2011 measured 10 megabecquerels. To be honest, I’ve never heard of a ‘megabecquerel’ before, but it sounds menacing.

Not at all like the Dalgety Bay that we experienced during our first ever visit by sea, assuming that you discount the thunderstorms (and the stone-throwing kids).

Dalgety Bay wideshot

The harbour is very small and there are no ladders to get on and off the boat, however there is one set of stone steps. Given the throbbing radioactive glow from the seabed at dusk, Dalgety Bay is probably not ideal for small kids and dogs, although we saw children and dogs (all with the correct amount of heads) frolicking on the beach, despite the health and safety warning signs. In the shot above you can see Inchcolm which lies just to the south-east of Dalgety Bay and the Forth Bridge that lies to the south-west.

Macwester Malin Dalgety Bay

We had a relaxing time, with no through roads and no bother with the exception of some kids throwing stones at our yacht. The nearest shops are a healthy walk inland, but we knew this in advance and we had enough provisions to last our three-night stay. We ventured out on a couple of walks; one east to St Bridget’s Kirk, and the other west to St Davids Harbour. We also took a day-tripping parent out for an enjoyable lunch in nearby Aberdour.


Talking of Aberdour, as it happens, we had planned to sail to Aberdour via Inchcolm following our short spell in Dalgety Bay, but the weather was going downhill as the weekend approached, and we knew that we had to return to base, as we had preparatory work to squeeze in ahead of another cruise the following week. After mulling this over, we decided that Aberdour would have to wait for another day and we pointed the bow of our Macwester Malin back towards the Forth Bridge.


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