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Blackness Castle

| West Lothian, Edinburgh EH49 7NH, Scotland
+44 1506 834807
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Built in the 15th century and massively strengthened in the 16th century as an artillery fortress, Blackness Castle has been a royal castle, prison, armaments depot and film location for Hamlet and the BBC production of Ivanhoe. Blackness Castle is often referred to as ‘the ship that never sailed’ due to its great stone ship appearance. From the castle you can enjoy breathtaking views of the Firth of Forth and Fife. Open all year. Winter closed Thurs and Fri.
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| West Lothian, Edinburgh EH49 7NH, Scotland
+44 1506 834807
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Reviewed 2 days ago

A good cycle along the coast road from Edinburgh. Worth seeking out is Blackness castle a cracking wee place to visit boasting some great views over the river Forth. The castle juts out over the Firth of Forth and is very tranquil.

Thank hibs78
Reviewed 4 days ago

Just west of Edinburgh, we visited after a trip to Queensferry. From certain angles it looks like a ship on the edge of the Forth. We visited on a cold wet afternoon (we were there for about an hour) and you could really get a...More

Thank mumoffour2018
Reviewed 1 week ago

Castles were for defense; palaces for living. Blackness is a fortification and a prison of ancient times, as bleak as can be. Those keeping it are, though, efficient and friendly. This is a good place to "imbibe the vibe" of military life away from town...More

Thank Nail56
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a really good castle too visit The views of the forth are great and the castle is great too have a good explore round Have been here twice over the last couple over years we just love how quiet it is the place...More

Thank paul p
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited between Christmas and New year. Its a fabulous castle with great views of the bridges. Really good interpretation boards giving a great insight into the history of the buildings. The gift shop was warm and well stocked. The custodian was friendly and helpful....More

Thank Lorrain M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Easy to get to by car, and parking on site. Great views from most areas of the castle, however didn't take very long to go around. I imagine it would be nice in the summer with a picnic.

Thank theemilywhite
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Enjoyed a visit on a cold frosty, but sunny day. We were the first to arrive, on a December morning and had the place to ourselves.... it was a sight! The car park was relatively small, so bear in mind this may not be the...More

Thank Ian D
Reviewed 3 December 2017

Another beautiful castle with some terrific history. Add to that a filming location for Outlander and it made everyone our party very happy!

Thank Kim F
Reviewed 24 November 2017

The name alone inspires shivers, and the experience does not disappoint. Blackness Castle is a ruin jutting out into the water, inspiring a latent sense of damp dread. I loved this place. It elicits those feelings you expect from a Scottish castle--the overcast skies, the...More

Thank Mrs_Kenobi
Reviewed 12 November 2017 via mobile

Cycled with friends along coast from Edinburgh to Blackness Castle. Beautiful route and a great place to stop. You are always made welcome and Graeme “the piper” is a great host. We were treated to the skirl of his pipes as we travelled along the...More

Thank AlexCath0206
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Kristi S
3 January 2018|
Response from GtheKiwi | Reviewed this property |
There are several rooms you can see without climbing too many stairs but almost all are empty. That is to say, not decorated or rennovated. Also the ground within the castle walls is quite uneven so you may need to watch out... More
13 May 2016|
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Response from Gonelocal | Reviewed this property |
You can get either a direct train from Edinburgh Waverley to Linlithgow, takes about 20 mins and runs very frequently, or take a bus from Edinbugh to Linlithow. Currently the First Bus services are the 38 direct or 22 and... More
11 April 2016|
Response from Gonelocal | Reviewed this property |
To answer the driving time, Blackenss is easy to get too and doesn't take long allowing you to explore the Castle and also into Linlithgow for seeing the Palace or into South Queesferry for a view of the Bridges etc. From... More