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Blackness Castle

| West Lothian, Edinburgh EH49 7NH, Scotland
+44 1506 834807
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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. Open all year. Winter closed Thurs and Fri.
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| West Lothian, Edinburgh EH49 7NH, Scotland
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We were on a tour bus and had to pay extra to go inside and like so many Castles in Scotland it is empty. There are a lot of spiral stair cases in Scotland Castles and I believe this one had them also. Not so...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This castle has been used in multiple movies or TV shows and is in good condition. Walking is a little rough as there is a lot of uneven surfaces. Park in the city and walk to the castle as inside has very limited parking and...More

Thank Eric9396
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Even the drive up to the castle is impressive. It is a little spartan inside , but you can empathise with the soldiers had been posted there. On a windy day it is a challenge to walk around. Great for a small picnic.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A must for Outlander fans but really interesting and quite old so fun to just to have a look around. Set in a pretty village and coastline

Thank Janet M
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a wonderful castle to explore. The kids loved it and the information boards were well written with great illustrations. The views out over the Forth were beautiful and the castle was well maintained with warnings before you reached any points where young kids...More

Thank Liz47936
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited the fantastic Blackness Castle, which is also known as " the ship that never sailed" because of its great stone ship appearance. The Blackness Castle has been a royal castle, prison, royal armaments depot and a film location for the production of Hamlet...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Blackness Castle is a short drive out of the city, but is a fascinating castle with an interesting history

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

I went here with my soon to be teenager and my 2 year old. Unusually built in the shape of a ship this is a great castle with great views over the Firth of Forth. It had a cracking pier which can only be accessed...More

Thank DawnScottie
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Reviewed April 18, 2018

We went here as part of an Outlander tour, and luckily we had our guide with us as there is little in the way of information once you are in, apart from some dated boards. Interesting history, and some great views from the battlements, would...More

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Reviewed April 17, 2018

The castle overlooks the Forth and is easy to find with a large car park,gift shop and visitors centre outside the main castle. It was used as an artillery fort controlling the Forth, a state prison and an ammunition depot in the 19th century when...More

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Asha M
April 8, 2018|
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Response from goanjock | Reviewed this property |
I would say around an hour.
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Kristi S
January 2, 2018|
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Response from BlueTravels | Reviewed this property |
I am just seeing this - not sure if this is still helpful, but I agree. The ground IS quite uneven so those that are mobility impaired need to keep that in mind. There are rooms that you can explore without too many steps... More
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Response from Gonelocal | Reviewed this property |
You can get either a direct train from Edinburgh Waverley to Linlithgow, takes about 20 mins and runs very frequently, or take a bus from Edinbugh to Linlithow. Currently the First Bus services are the 38 direct or 22 and... More
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