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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

Not as grand as some other castles but certainly worth the time. Love the history of the area and the views are beautiful.

Thank G5562QBkarend
Reviewed 5 days ago

An incredible ruin right on the water and only a short drive from Edinburgh. The castle has so many areas to explore - expect to climb lots of steps but the views are worth it. The car park is pretty small so factor this in...More

Thank Lovek75
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Blackness Castle is one of my children's favourite to visit. I don't mind this as it is a beautiful place to spend some time. The castle itself has some parking after you drive up the narrow road towards it. Having Historic Scotland cards means we...More

Thank Holly d
Reviewed 1 week ago

Sticking out into the Forth - what a setting. Lots of bits to explore, walls to walk on and amazing sea views. It's not one the oldest castles around but still very impressive. Had to keep hold of little hands to stop falling on rough...More

Thank TomTomDad
Reviewed 1 week ago

Blackness castle is in a very picturesque location and boosts great views. It is nice to see a castle that is still fully intact and see how these people use to live.

Thank MarkPWatson
Reviewed 1 week ago

Sitting right out on to the Firth of Forth this castle is run by Historic Scotland and so is well maintained, has a wee shop and toilets.No cafe - but a hot drinks machine in the shop - very much appreciated if it's a cold,...More

Thank june202015
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and I are big outlander fans, so this castle was a must visit. It was closed when we got there but we were able to walk the grounds, read some of the history plaques and get pictures. Wish I could have spent more...More

Thank Erica B
Reviewed 1 week ago

Worth a visit - historical and military importance of this castle/fort cannot be ignored. Beautiful location by the river but beware of very windy conditions. If you are an Outlander fan, it has great value since many scenes were shot here.

Thank Marlen714
Reviewed 1 week ago

Not far from South Queensferry near the bridges over the River Forth and where you can take a boat trip around the islands in the Forth and get there history. Great day out for all. sea lions puffins and other wild life with a stop...More

Thank gm8882016
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you go to Scotland and love history.....Blackness Castle is a great historical experience and if your an Outlander fan it's even better. I want to thank Graham who is one of the employees at Blackness for serenading my husband and I on the bagpipes....More

Thank dmz54
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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
24 June 2015|
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Response from ByHistoricScotland | Property representative |
Hello, thank you for your enquiry. It is possible to take a train or bus to Linlithgow. For up to date information on public transport options, I would recommend checking on the Visit Scotland or Traveline websites. Enjoy... More