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  • Address: Blackness, West Lothian EH49 7NH, Scotland
  • Hours: April 1 to September 20, daily 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; October 1 to March 31, Sunday to Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Admission: 5.50 pounds

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Blackness Castle Tours

Often referred to as the “ship that never sailed,” Blackness Castle is a 15th century fortress sitting on the south shore of the Firth of Forth, not far from Edinburgh. With a long, narrow shape resembling a ship, the castle has been used as a residence, prison, artillery fortification and fortress over the centuries. Technological innovations were made in the 16th century and a cast iron pier with a gate and drawbridge was added in 1868. When the castle was restored between 1926 and 1935, most of the 19th century additions were removed and the medieval era features of the castle were restored.

Though most of the buildings are empty today, the castle is open to the public as a historic monument. An exhibition provides insight into the history of the castle, including information about the powerful Crichton family, for whom it was built. Visitors can also climb the towers or the curtain wall of the castle for sweeping views of the Firth of Forth; the best views are from the central tower. The castle has also been featured in the “Outlander” television series and is a stop on many “Outlander” themed tours.

Practical Info

To visit Blackness Castle, take a train or bus from Edinburgh to Linlithgow and from there, catch bus 49 to Blackness. The journey should take between an hour and a half to two hours. A narrow road leads from the village of Blackness to the car park just south of the castle. The more adventurous might instead opt to hike from Falkirk, starting at the Carriden Parish Church and following the edge of the River Forth for about two hours.

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