|[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.
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]|