Blackness Castle

Castles

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.


     

    Gradings
    4 Castle
    Awards
    Green Tourism Gold Mobility difficulties
    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    2014 Opening Times
    1 Jan 2014 - 31 Dec 2014

    Open all year.October-March: closed Thursday and Friday.

    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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