Blackness Castle

[Approach to Blackness Castle]

Built by the Crichton family in the 1400's, Blackness Castle enjoys a superb setting on a promontory extending into the Forth Estuary between South Queensferry and Bo'ness. This location combined with its boat-like appearance from the seaward side (we're not convinced) has led to it being christened as "the ship that never sailed". The five following centuries have been dark: the castle has served as state prison, ammunition store and military garrison. Wander out onto the pier behind the castle and you're rewarded with superb views towards the Forth Bridges.

[Blackness Castle]

Name: Blackness Castle ★☆☆
Location: Minor road end, east side of Blackness, G.R.: NT 055803 / defender pile manifests
Open (2017): Daily, April to September; Saturday to Wednesday, October to March
Cost (2017): £6 (adults), £3.60 (children), free for Historic Environment Scotland members

[Forth Bridges from the castle pier]

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