Blackness Castle

Blackness Castle, Linlithgow: Hours, Address, Blackness Castle Reviews: 4.5/5

Blackness Castle
4.5
Historic Sites • Castles
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Blackness Castle is now open and we are delighted to welcome you back. Booking in advance is essential. Find out more and book at restarthistory.scot. 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.
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Jacqui M
648 contributions
The ship that never sailed
Oct 2020 • Couples
Another great castle in Scotland, Blackness shot to fame with the Outlander series. It is still little known, and surprisingly well preserved. With its prow facing the sea, it does resemble a ship about to set sail. COVID restrictions meant we could only go one way, but staff were ready to guide us in the right direction. The castle courtyard is very rocky and uneven, so strong shoes are recommended. The towers still stand strong over many floors, giving an idea of the structured society where prisoners were held according to their status - the landed gentry got comfortable rooms while the least privileged were sent to the pits. From the curtain wall, the view of the 3 Forth Bridges is stunning. Well worth a visit.
Written 11 October 2020
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NatalieRankin267
Glasgow, UK59 contributions
Picturesque, interesting
Oct 2020 • Family
Visited here with a baby, used a sling as it's not pushchair friendly. It's very pretty with amazing views of the Forth river and the bridges. Very interesting history, I particularly liked the past prison history of the castle.
It's not a very accessible castle (which was fine with us) and there are areas where you are at a height.
Took us around an hour to complete.
Covid rules were great, one way systems in place and hand sanitizer available. It's a face-covering required in all areas location.
Written 11 October 2020
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msf78
Coatbridge, UK12 contributions
Unexpected find - beach area all to ourselves.
Sep 2020 • Couples
As a Historic Scotland member we have visited the castle in the past. The drive up to the castle was quite picturesque but we didn’t have the time to take photos last time so decided when in the area to make another visit to get some pics.

Got the pics from the entrance driveway area and beach I wanted but decided to take a wander closer to the castle and found a pathway to the picnic area and another beach. It is also for the castle Dovecote and a Chapel which we had missed on our previous visit. Anyways followed the path and to our surprise and delight found a larger beach area with views towards the Forth Bridges. We missed this little gem on our first visit and pretty sure many others do too because we pretty much had the whole space to ourselves - no problem with social distancing here 😀

After leaving the beach area (heading away from the castle) if you follow the grass area around you will also find what looked like (from a distance) a great wee park for the kids with a zip rope thing.
Written 29 September 2020
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Sharp P
43 contributions
Great views. Interesting castle
Sep 2020 • Couples
Easy to get to with some parking on sight and nearby.
They have good covid precautions in place. Staff in masks, sanitiser and one way/reduced capacity in place.

Toilets are open and there are picnic tables. Ticket office sells a few things (shortbread).

Some information boards or guidebook available. Staff knowledgeable.

Good for any highlander fans 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿.

Lots of uneven surfaces/steps so need good shoes. Not that suitable for disabled but lovely to see from the outside/sea and Forth bridges views.

Good thing to do during these times and keeps it open.
Written 23 September 2020
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Magwitch15
Salisbury, UK27 contributions
Excellent effort from and great day out
Sep 2020
Visited with family and there was plenty to see and the staff were all really friendly and polite. Huge shout-out to the all the team there and the extent they have gone to with their social-distancing measures was faultless, so well done everyone and thank you!
Written 22 September 2020
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Fifetrio
Fife290 contributions
Lovely views
Aug 2020 • Couples
As historic Scotland members I’ve always wanted to visit this castle then covid shut everything down.

Booked a slot for a Saturday morning, plenty of staff on hand to guide you and sanitizer located thoughout. Like the fact they were pedal operated so didn’t have to touch anything.

Only downside was when arriving the girl couldn’t find my booking number which was a bit strange but didn’t cause any issues. Plenty of stewards guiding round the building and making sure you don’t come in contact with others.

Lovely views across the forth and nice shaped castle also known as the ship that never sailed. Will return again if im the area and I’m just glad attractions are slowly starting to reopen.
Written 12 September 2020
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Jo C
Edinburgh, UK11 contributions
Excellent visit
Sep 2020 • Couples
Super castle, really well organised by staff so that you can see all around the castle safely. Also very helpful staff, knowledgeable and a huge thank you to the staff member who gave us a great suggestion of where else we could visit in the vicinity.
Written 8 September 2020
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Malgorzata
9,374 contributions
Fabulous castle
Oct 2019
Attractively situated castle. The castle stands on a rocky spit in the Firth of Forth, and is oriented north-south. From the outside it looks small but it is surprisingly large and has many steep winding staircases which makes the visit spectacular. The castle walls are in very good condition. Well-preserved chambers and rooms used to keep prisoners. A beautiful pier, about 50 meters out into the water. There is an observation deck at the top of the tower. The views from the castle are fantastic. Very nice and helpful staff. Around the castle there are benches and free parking. This was a really cool place to visit.
Written 29 August 2020
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MariaCBTraveler
Laurel Springs, NJ210 contributions
Great first stop in Scotland!
Jul 2019
We had to take some time before heading into Edinburgh after our flight into Scotland and this was the perfect stop. History, space for the kids to run after a long flight, film location, beautiful view of the firth.
Written 9 May 2020
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Anu
United Kingdom805 contributions
Ship shaped Castle
Jan 2020 • Family
Ship-shaped castle from the 1400s. Blackness Castle built in the 15th century and is said to look like a 'Ship that never sailed'!

One of the area's many historic locations that has stood strong through the tests of time.
Written 6 April 2020
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