Dalgety Bay


A sizeable commuter settlement on the Fife coast between Inverkeithing and Aberdour, Dalgety Bay looks out over Dalgety Bay, an inlet of the Firth of Forth and serves principally as a dormitory town for Edinburgh.

Its development largely dates from 1962 prior to the opening of the Forth Road Bridge two years later. Built on the lands of the former Donibristle Estate, it was an initiative of the 20th Earl of Moray and the first private development of a new town in Scotland. Historic buildings include the 13th-century St Bride's Church, parts of the 17th-century Donibristle House, the major part of which was destroyed by fire in 1858, the refurbished Donibristle Stables and Dalgety Kirk (1830).

Part of the estate had been developed as a Royal Air Force base during the First World War and later became a Fleet Air Arm maintenance base. The Donibristle Industrial Park, to the north, was built on the runway of the former base and evidence of the apron associated with an aircraft repair and salvage can be seen at the town's tennis court. The use of radium in luminescent paint for aircraft instruments has led to a continuing "realistic hazard to public health" according to a government report in 2006.

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