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Review of Blackness Castle

Blackness Castle
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Owner description: 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.
Poland, Zielona Gora
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“raw beauty”
Reviewed June 13, 2012

magnificent castle (actually arsenal) near Edinburgh. It is not easy to find but worth to find it castle, it is located above the water which adds some charm. From the front grass and some cool space

Visited May 2012
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“Amazing Locale”
Reviewed May 27, 2012

I actually arrived too late to see inside the castle so I've definitely added that to future to do list. But who knew that Blackness actually has a small, pebbly but sandy beach? We sat on the beach in the glorious sunshine and scrambled over rocks to the castle. What added to it for me were the very clear views of the river Forth and the new Forth crossing under construction. The cranes and metal tubes are currently in place for sinking the foundations of the new bridge. Will be worth paying a regular visit to see how the work is progressing. About time that someone did something about re-opening the pub / restaurant in the village square though!

Visited May 2012
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“Great Views”
Reviewed May 5, 2012

Different from many of the other castles cared for by Historic Scotland. Some great views of the Forth and the building is well cared for. The courtyard remains in original paving that is uneven and rough. However, keeping it in original conditionensures the ambience is not lost. Great value with an annual subscription to Historic Scotland

Visited May 2012
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“A great castle in a lovely area”
Reviewed April 28, 2012

We heard about this castle from a few friends who said it was lovely and so decided to visit and we weren't disappointed. It is situated on the river forth and there is a pier outside with great views (on a nice day) to the Forth Rail Bridge. The ground is very uneven and there is scaffolding up but it did not distract from the castle which was just lovely, a proper castle! There are nice long walks too. Also The House of Binns is right next door so another resaon to visit and easily spend the day here doing them both and I'd recommend a picnic in the grounds.

Visited March 2012
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“Want to see a proper castle? Check this one”
Reviewed April 16, 2012

I've known about Blackness Castle for some time, but this is the fist time I'vemanaged to see it. I've also heaard of, but never understood it's nickname of "the ship that never sailed". Having seen it, it all make sense.
getting there is part of the visit. We came via Linlithgow (worth a visit), over the hills giving some superb views toward Edinburgh and over the Forth to the bridges and Fife. I'd recommend this highly and advise you leave enough time to enjoy the views. the castle itself (well signposted) is ona spit of land and has the look of a seruous fortification. Unlike many castles, i has bever lain derelict and empty, being a residence, fortificatio, prison, garrison and ancuient monument throuout it's life. This means the roof is still ona nd the whole building is incredibly well preserved when compared to other anvcient monuments. You enter the astle through one of the most fortified entrances i've ever seen, a narrow door, a right hand turn, exit into a couryard, another right angle, another door and in. The castle is built on bedrock and this bedrock what you walk on in the courtyard, again adding to the stronly fortified feel of it. if you're visiting Scotland and collecting castles - this is one you have to add to your ticjk list. very, very impressive.

Visited April 2012
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