We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Review of Blackness Castle

Blackness Castle
Ranked #33 of 433 things to do in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
More attraction details
Attraction details
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.
Reviewed March 25, 2013

Was an amazing day out great for a family can go and have a picnic go fly a kite enjoy some Scottish heritage if you are in to photography then this is the place to be so muck to look at and find out about lots of info and not expensive to get into beautiful place view is amazing great for people visiting Scotland great place to find out info on some of Scotland's wars and the structure is amazing its structured into the shape of a boat amazing architectural building amazing day out for anybody looking for a good day out.

Thank Adamh1888
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a ReviewReviews (538)
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
All reviews
"outlander fan"
in 15 reviews
"fort william"
in 12 reviews
"historic scotland"
in 21 reviews
"wall walk"
in 7 reviews
"tv series"
in 7 reviews
"outlander tour"
in 13 reviews
"picnic area"
in 6 reviews
"information boards"
in 10 reviews
"uneven ground"
in 7 reviews
"three bridges"
in 8 reviews
"explorer pass"
in 7 reviews
"forth road bridge"
in 6 reviews
"worth a visit"
in 22 reviews
"gift shop"
in 17 reviews
"guide book"
in 6 reviews
"interesting history"
in 10 reviews
"ticket office"
in 5 reviews

418 - 422 of 538 reviews

Reviewed March 15, 2013

Super location, interesting history, a lot to see highly recommend a visit here when visiting Edinburgh. Great views of the Forth Bridge too.

Thank Eleonore H
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed March 8, 2013

This was a beautiful place to visit. Locals very friendly. The whole surrounding is very peaceful and clean. The weather at the time was sunny and warm ,this made the castle even more appealing lots of information with the castle ,the outlook to the sea was beautiful.

Thank Patricia P
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed March 1, 2013

If you want a nice walk and nice views, then by all means visit Blackness. But if you like your history and want to learn about the castle and it's community and it's living history, then there is very little for you here.

There is wee shop and a very informed gentleman gave us the best grasp of the historical context that we got during our visit. But apart from a few plaques dotted around the castle, there is little in the way of historical interpretation. Blackness is mostly an empty building. It's such a shame because so much of the structure IS intact, when compared to Hailes, Dunbar, Tantallon, and other Historic Scotland properties. It's proximity it Edinburgh and dramatic location on the Firth of Forth also lend great potential.

Room after room in the keep and the towers we walked in and saw nothing. Occasionally there was a plaque to identify the basic use of a space. But there is nothing to help people- young and old- know and imagine what the castle looked like and how it was used at various points in history. I became frustrated that such potential was being wasted. Historic Scotland, why not give an internship to a university student historian and a college artist to research and design posters to sit in each room showing the splendour of these rooms during its heyday? Why not team up with Horrible Histories to give the gory details of the prisoners held in this castle? Why not use Blackness Castle to bring history to life?

This was not my first visit, but perhaps the quality of Edinburgh and Stirling castles have made me look at Blackness a second time round, after several years living in Scotland, in a different light.

It is a nice place for a picnic and the views, but the place has such potential to be better it tainted my visit.

5  Thank Fenedin
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
See more reviews
Reviewed February 17, 2013 via mobile

I only stumbled across Blackness Castle after recently moving to South Queensferry. Therefore, I assumed it would not be much to talk about as I had never met anyone who had ever visited it. How wrong I was. Set right on the shore of the Firth of Forth gives it an awesome background and as the castle was in use until the 1920s it is really well preserved. Really accessible climb to the top for immense views of Fife and the forth bridges. We really loved this visit and will definitely be back in the summer with a picnic. I will spread the word as think it is a great spot for family trips.

Thank Eckboy
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Blackness Castle also viewed

South Queensferry, Edinburgh
Edinburgh, Scotland
Edinburgh, Scotland

Been to Blackness Castle? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing