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Address: | West Lothian, Edinburgh EH49 7NH, Scotland
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Step inside a largely intact medieval castle whose doughty defences once...

Step inside a largely intact medieval castle whose doughty defences once guarded the Firth of Forth. Known as ‘The Ship that Never Sailed’ for its boat-like shape, Blackness Castle was built in the 1400s for Sir George Crichton, Admiral of Scotland.

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Good place to explore

Came here today with my husband and two children who are 8 and 5. We stayed for about an hr and 15mins. My daughter enjoyed doing the quiz going round the castle. You can probably... read more

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Prestonpans, United Kingdom
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Prestonpans, United Kingdom
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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Came here today with my husband and two children who are 8 and 5. We stayed for about an hr and 15mins. My daughter enjoyed doing the quiz going round the castle. You can probably do Linlithgow Palace and Blackness Castle on the same day. It would be nice to sit and have a picnic if the weather was nicer.

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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

I visited Blackness Castle, while hiking the John Muir Way from Glasgow to Dunbar - and it was one of the highlights - a dramatic and beautiful location, with wonderful views - really well preserved - interesting history (including some relatively recent) - and really well explained

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Ottawa, Canada
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36 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Enjoyed visiting this castle. Great views. Its in pretty good condition but it seemed to be lacking in information. Maybe because it was the end of the day when we visited but there were only a few signs describing the castle. I would recommend this place to others. Great photo opportunities here.

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Corpus Christi, Texas
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Massive walls/bulwarks and firing positions, along with the well-preserved structure make this a must-see. Walking through the castle you get a feel of what it would be like to live life on the first line of defense. The docents are wonderfully friendly, and there is a nice picnic spot on site.

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Kempner
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Found out when I got to Edinburgh that this trip was what I call the "Outlander" tour. My wife and her best friend is hooked on the Outlander mini-series and they wanted to visit every castle that was used in this mini-series (which we visited every one of them). This was the second castle that we visited and they were... More 

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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited Blackness Castle on a sunny day, yet the castle's location on the river coupled with wind made the inside of the castle very cold. The main courtyard is cobbled with uneven cobbles so watch your step! You can go inside the various walls and towers and learn about what life was like for those who used this castle,... More 

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Nottingham UK
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I wanted to see this castle for a long time and it is amazing, scary and atmospheric...even the views from ground level over the Forth were great. I have limited mobility but can easily manage stairs if there is a railing. I went a few steps up towards the castle walls (which must have the most amazing views) to find... More 

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Thank Illawarra
Southampton UK
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A place to see the Forth Bridges away from the crowds. Helpful Staff. Do not miss the pier from the castle water gate

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Lillehammer, Norway
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

"The ship that never sailed" is well worth a visit. Located on the Forth river bank, and great views in every direction, specially towards the Forth Bridges. Its history can be seen in the walls, costal stronghold, prison and ammunition depots. A bonus there is, as Blackness was used as location "Fort William" in Outlander. The scene where Jamie was... More 

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Thank Ingrid V
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Arrived here with the family... parking was easy, went to office/shop to be greeted with 2 lovely staff who couldn't be more helpful. Our kids had a ball exploring, hiding, playing with the games on the grounds... even more fitting was the man from the office playing the bagpipes!! Such a great family and dog friendly place. I'm sure we... More 

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