Blackness Castle
Blackness Castle
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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.
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  • SHStirling
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Family and Dog Friendly
    Brilliant fun. Really helpful friendly staff and it’s kid and dog friendly. We had such a good morning exploring the inside of the castle where prisoners were kept from the 1440s onwards. It’s uneven in places with spiral stone stairs but that is obvious from the location. Thank you for a lovely morning.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 1, 2023
  • Annie
    Tidworth, United Kingdom1,822 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely views across the Firth
    We had been on a cruise up the Firth and seen the castle from the water and it looked interesting. We drove around to have a look after our boat tour. There is free parking for an hour & a half which is plenty of time to look about the castle, it isn’t very big. The walk around the top ramparts is a must the views over the Firth are great.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 15, 2023
  • Mark G
    66 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting castle for Outlander fans and great viewx
    Looks quite small from the outside but plenty to explore and excellent views from the top of the castle. Lots of stone spiral staircases though. Very interesting place and especially so if an Outlander fan as it was a filming location. Well worth a visit and readonably priced. Grest seating area at side to picnic and look out over the estuary and watch a variety of seabirds.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 31, 2023
  • Lisa S
    Garland, Texas53 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful location
    Recommended for all, but especially Outlander fans. This castle stood in for Ft. William in the series. There is some walking involved and lots of marrow stair climbing inside the castle so if you have mobility issues you may want to skip parts. Beautiful location on the water. There is a price for touring the inside, but its low and worth it. There is some kind of tourist pass you can purchase that gives you discounted rates to many of the castles. We should have purchased but didn’t.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 20, 2023
  • SEAN
    59 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hidden gem
    Stunning castle have walked round Blackness for years but never been inside the Castle Grounds. Adult tickets are very reasonable and good parking. Stunning views from the castle and lots of information boards around the castle.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 28, 2024
  • Tracey P
    Durham, United Kingdom14 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Blackness Castle
    Visited this gorgeous castle with friends on our recent trip to Scotland. You don't have to pay to wander round unless going inside the actual castle (think it was around£7.50 each). Nice little gift shop that also does a decent vending machine cuppa for £1.59 Couple of picnic benches to sit and take in the views.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written May 8, 2024
  • Cleidson.Eduardo.Moraes
    Rio de Janeiro, RJ153 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A beautiful castle with a beautiful view!
    As far as I know, Blackness Castle wasn't one of the most visited in Scotland, but it became much better known after the Outlander series. If you prefer more peaceful places, away from the crowds of the most popular tourist spots, this is a perfect option. The visit is absolutely fascinating. The tour lasts just over an hour and you can feel like you're in medieval times. The view is breathtaking. It's about an hour from Edinburgh, in a charming little town called Linlithgow. I could describe the castle as one of those absolutely unforgettable places where you can stroll around peacefully, sightseeing without the hustle and bustle. An important tip is that if you're visiting in winter, make sure you wear suitable clothing, as it gets very windy and cold!
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 5, 2024
  • CLE68
    Perth and Kinross, United Kingdom438 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fascinating, atmospheric historic castle.
    A stunning, atmospheric castle with amazing views especially of the 3 bridges. A fascinating history - lots to see and explore. Quite hard walking over uneven ground and narrow, spiral stairs but certainly worth seeing. Small gift shop that also sells ice cream and has a tea/coffee machine. Limited parking but a parking attendant is there to help.
    Visited June 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 22, 2024
  • L Drossi
    10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Magnificent castle with outstanding views
    Magnificent castle with outstanding views!! Staff were lovely, incredibly informative, and helpful to us. We managed to park inside the castle grounds, we were given an hour and a half parking stay. As soon as we stepped out of our car we were met with the smell of the wonderful sea air. The grounds are immaculate with several picnic benches. There is a lovely on-site gift shop which we felt was reasonably priced. Some parts of the castle has quite rough terrain so make sure to wear appropriate footwear. Lot’s of signposts throughout giving insight to the interesting history the castle holds. Blackness Castle is definitely worth a visit, it will not disappoint. It is now at the top of our list of our favourite castles in Scotland this far.
    Visited July 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 7, 2024
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Jenny B
Turners Hill, UK22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Friends
“Amazballs” quote from my friend after we left.
We visited here as part of the Outlander tour from Edinburgh as Blackness Castle was used to film the scenes set in Fort William.
Our tour guide was called Ray and was very knowledgeable and funny. He enthusially reinacted scenes from Outlander whilst explain about the castle and it’s filming.
We were able to go inside the castle.
With the tour we spent about an hour here.
We got a group discount with the Outlander tour so it was £7 each.
Written August 14, 2022
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fairycake73
Brighton, UK370 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
From the outside and the ticket office there’s little sense of how much there is to see here. Simple walking around the castle buildings, rooms & ramparts will take an hour before you dwell on the views of information boards (which are not too wordy). The outdoor terrain is rough in places and slippy after rain. The kids enjoyed the exploring and ‘homework’ within the info pack. A really surprisingly good afternoon trip.
Written January 26, 2020
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Fifeduo
Fife589 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 September 12, 2020
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JungleDesertCityHobo
Edinburgh, UK31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Couples
I can only say that the 5/5 was due to one of the staff named Ray, who gave an absolutely tremendous tour with info facts advice and humour.
He really was a gem and made the visit absolutely enthralling in every way.
So we insisted that friends of ours did this tour only to find that once you’ve paid to get in, there is absolutely NOBODY whatsoever to guide/advise or offer any info at all. My friends said they couldn’t find their way out or got lost looking for the entrance to the upper walkway.
Come on Historic Scotland, pull the finger out and realise what a gem you could have if you just acted like you cared.
Ray, go solo good buddy, your enthusiasm humour and knowledge is way beyond what your employers can understand.
Written September 17, 2022
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Helen F
27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Family
We easily booked tickets online before visiting the castle and were kindly met by staff at our arrival. Once we entered the grounds staff were very welcoming and told us how to move around the castle whilst also providing a bit of humour and plenty of smiles. This may seem trivial but it is the small things that make the difference. Thanks Ray.

Once we were inside the first thing we did was have a look in all the rooms which really make you think of how living in the past would have been. I loved the large Hall. My whole family really enjoyed walking along the walls and seeing the spectacular views from up high. The lovely sunny weather was a great bonus. Walking along the pier was great. (Small children might be a bit scared as my daughter was slightly but this was only because she kept looking down through the tiny gaps in the wooden planks and looking at the rocks etc, however there are hand rails all along the pier).

Staff were really friendly, telling us snippets of information and answering questions for us. My daughter being told she may have been a latrine cleaner way back when had us all giggling. Thank you to the male staff member in the castle with the cool blonde hair. Sorry we didn't catch your name.

I was too scared to climb the inner tower although my family did and really enjoyed it. I stayed in the courtyard and enjoyed being in a real castle that I had also seen on the television in the hit show Outlander.

Toilet facilities were spotlessly clean. The gift shop had some an array of items too. Again pleasant and friendly staff, thank you Charlotte, it makes all the difference.

The castle and grounds were brilliantly kept. The views were fabulous. The weather was great, sunny and dry. I would certainly return and would recommend it to anyone. The staff were friendly, happy and kind. Well done to you all. So nice to see happy staff who are proud of their history.
Written August 28, 2021
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Dr Simon Stones
Bolton, UK1,422 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Couples
We really enjoyed an hour or so exploring Blackness Castle, which was larger on the inside, compared to what you see when approaching the castle! Lots of history, and various parts to explore. Tickets reasonably priced at £7 each for adult non-members of Historic Scotland. The staff were super friendly snd helpful. Well worth a visit if you are in the area. Of note, the castle is not accessible for people who are wheelchair users.
Written April 25, 2022
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Malgorzata
12,086 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 August 29, 2020
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AlexTheJock
Wigston, UK3,048 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
My wife and I visited the castle after a really great visit to the House of Binns, and to be truthful the castle was nowhere near as interesting as the house. As senior citizens we got into the castle for £6 each which I think was a fair price for the experience. The best part of the visit was the stunning scenery from the ramparts, but we found the interior somewhat bland and uninviting. There is a fair bit of information in some of the rooms explaining their purpose and how they may have looked, but our feeling was that the presentation of the rooms was a bit lacklustre. I'm guessing that my opinion is slightly tainted due to the wonderful visit we had at the house, and I would say that the castle is still worth a visit for the exceptional views along the Forth.
Written June 30, 2023
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MERLION04
Bristol, UK643 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
This is a really fabulous castle. Sadly on the day we visited the weather was awful, very windy & raining heavily, so we had to cut short our visit.
We had pre-booked online, which guaranteed entry & a space to park.
The staff here were very friendly & helpful, felt really sorry for the gentleman who was on the gate, he was absolutely soaked, but still managed to be cheerful.
The ground at this castle is very uneven & very slippery when wet, so would not visit when it's raining if you are like us (getting on a bit) or have mobility issues. I was so disappointed that we couldn't get round to see all that we wanted, but makes an excuse for a return visit.
We did climb the spiral stairs to the top of the tower, & could imagine how good the views would be on a nice sunny day. The interior of the tower smelt of old timbers & stone work, a really wonderful smell.
Have visited many castles over the years, this one definitely ranks in my top five favourites!
Written June 16, 2022
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L G
46 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Solo
Stopped by the castle on a cycle along the forth bridge. Staff were wonderfully accommodating, view was gorgeous and got to learn a bit of the history of how this castle was used as a prison for often privilidged noblemen including a Cardinal. It also had some history displays for some smaller historical residents of Scotland, like the son of an African king who became the first black teacher in the 1800s (apparently it was a common practice for African royals to send their children to be educated in England and Scotland in this time period which was interesting).

And yes, of course it was in an episode of outlander and there are a number of tours that cater to this fact.

It is quite small, and you’ll probably see all there is to see in an hour. So if you want a day trip you’re best combining it with something like with a cycle day out around the forth bridge area, an outlander tour with a look of Midhope castle (aka lalybroch) or maybe afternoon tea on one of the boats in queensferry. There’s actually a lot of wonderful activities to do in this area, so there’s plenty to combine it with for a wonderful day out
Written May 30, 2022
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