Blackness Castle

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Blackness, By Linlithgow, West Lothian, EH49 7NH

    One of Scotland's most impressive strongholds, Blackness Castle was built in the 15th century by one of Scotland's most powerful families, the Crichtons.

    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.

    There are display boards around the lawn although uneven ground and cobbles make it difficult for visitors using wheelchairs. There are gravel paths around the lawn and there is some fine shrubbery in the grounds.

    Very occasionally the property has to close at short notice due to adverse weather conditions or other reasons out with our control. Please check the Historic Scotland closures page for any unexpected site closures www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/hsclosure. You can also follow closure tweets from @welovehistory using #hsclosure. Alternatively please call the site before setting off to check they are open.

    Blackness Castle on the silver screen

    Outlander film location

    This impressive fortress provides the setting for the Fort William headquarters of Black Jack Randall as well as featuring in the heart-wrenching scene of Jamie’s incarceration.

    *Outlander is the TV adaptation of the critically acclaimed time travel romance and fantasy adventure novels by American writer Diana Gabaldon. It centres around the story of Claire Randall (played by Caitriona Balfe), a married English combat nurse from 1945 who, while on her second honeymoon in Inverness, is mysteriously swept back in time to the 18th-century Scottish Highlands. There she meets Jamie (played by Sam Heughan), a chivalrous young warrior, with whom she becomes romantically entwined.

    To find out more about the series and its Scottish connections, go to www.visitscotland.com/outlander


     

    Gradings
    4 Castle
    Awards
    Mobility difficulties Cyclists Welcome Green Tourism Gold
    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    2015 Opening Times
    1 Jan 2015 - 31 Dec 2015

    Summer: 1 April - 30 Sept, Daily 9.30am - 5.30pm (last entry 5pm)
    Winter: 1 Oct - 31 March (closed Thursday & Friday) 10am - 4pm (last entry 3.30pm)

    Ticket Information
    Type
    Tariff
    Adult £5.50 per ticket
    Child £3.30 per ticket
    Concession £4.40 per ticket

    Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.

    Catering

    • Shop
    • Tea & Coffee Available

    Domestic

    • Public Toilet Facilities

    Leisure Facilities

    • Gift Shop

    Children

    • Children Welcome

    Facilities

    • ASVA Member

    Transport

    • Coach Parking On-site
    • On Public Transport Route
    • Parking

    Public Transport Directions

    Getting there by railway:- Take train from Waverley Station, Edinburgh to Linlithgow. Then either board First Bus no 249 or take taxi to Blackness Castle.

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