Blackness Castle

[Blackness Castle]

Built by the Crichton family in the 1400s, 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 has led to it being christened as "the ship that never sailed". The 5 following centuries have often been dark: the castle has served as state prison, ammunition store and military garrison as well as its usual purpose of family residence. Within the walls there's a lot to explore, including a gloomy bedrock courtyard, parapet walks and three different towers with myriad staircases. Tall walls and towers cast long shadows over the courtyard in winter which makes photography tricky, but wander out onto the long pier and you're rewarded with superb views of both the castle and the Firth of Forth's bridges, whatever the season.

[Blackness Castle]

📌 Blackness Castle ★★☆
Location: Minor road end, half a mile east of Blackness village, G.R.: NT 055803 ///defender.pile.manifests
Open (2019): Daily
Cost (2019): £6 (adults), £3.60 (children), free for Historic Environment Scotland members

[Blackness Castle]

[Blackness Castle]

[Blackness Castle]

[Blackness Castle]

[Blackness Castle]

[Blackness Castle]

[Blackness Castle]

[Blackness Castle]

[View west up the Firth of Forth]

[View east to the Forth Bridges]

[Pier]

[Blackness Castle]

[Blackness Bay]

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