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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
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+44 1506 834807
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"outlander fans"
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"fort william"
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"historic scotland"
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"tv series"
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"wall walk"
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"outlander tour"
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"picnic area"
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"information boards"
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"uneven ground"
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"three bridges"
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"explorer pass"
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"gift shop"
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"worth a visit"
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"forth road bridge"
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"interesting history"
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Reviewed yesterday

When you walk out to the pier you can see why they call this The Ship That Never Sailed. It's a really neat derelict castle off the water with lots of nooks and crannies to explore. You can even walk the walls! This castle is...More

Thank Shannon H
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We stopped at Blackness Castle on the way up to Linlithgow for a wedding. It's well sign-posted and easy to spot! It can be a bit of a squeeze for parking but since we arrived earlier in the morning we found a decent spot. At...More

Thank bextherunt
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Reviewed 3 days ago

If you've headed to Scotland to see ornate palaces, skip this castle. But if you're like me and you want a slightly creepy, nearly empty labyrinth of old, grey stone - Blackness is the spot for you! Lots of empty rooms, lots of creepy dark...More

Thank Ashley Semrick D
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Reviewed 3 days ago

A wonderful castle! A great tour with Nick. Highly recommended, and not just to Outlander fans - to anyone who likes a good castle and beautiful countryside.

Thank fuzzbarb
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Interesting and accessible castle on the shores of the Firth of Forth just west of Edinburgh (10 miles from the airport). Great depiction of how wealthy prisoners were jailed

Thank Rojatre
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A incredible Castle along the water in Lothian- used as Fort William in Outlander tv series. So glad we got to see it.

Thank pbj416
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We really enjoyed visiting Blackness Castle. Great views of the River Forth, and the three bridges. Lots of spaces to explore. The castle history was very interesting, and easy to discover through detailed explanations on boards around the castle. These boards also gave a sense...More

Thank KingstonTravellers
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This largely intact medieval castle has fabulous views from turret to the forth bridges. It was also used as a location for the Outlander series. No crowds and wonderful staff.

Thank DontStopExploring
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Well worth a visit to this amazing castle. Fabulous views to the Firth of Forth and three Forth bridges and in the other direction the Ochil Hills and also further to the magnificent Trossachs. Castle history very interesting with lots of detailed explanations on boards...More

Thank falkirklady2015
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An interesting castle in an usual place. Also good for outlander fans looking to see some of the locations used.

Thank Fiona B
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Asha M
9 April 2018|
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Response from goanjock | Reviewed this property |
I would say around an hour.
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Kristi S
3 January 2018|
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Response from BlueTravels | Reviewed this property |
I am just seeing this - not sure if this is still helpful, but I agree. The ground IS quite uneven so those that are mobility impaired need to keep that in mind. There are rooms that you can explore without too many steps... More
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702Pam
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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
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