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Blackness Castle (HS) – Historic Sites & Monuments – Lothian & Scottish Borders – Linlithgow

Blackness Castle (HES)

Blackness Castle (HES)

Built in the 1400s and strengthened in the 16th century,Blackness has been a royal residence, prison and armaments depot.

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.The castle walls contain clues to its many guises: besieged coastal stronghold, jail for political prisoners and Victorian ammunitions depot. Outside you can picnic in its grounds, enjoy remarkable views and explore the rocky foreshore.

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EH49 7NH

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1 Apr to 30 Sept:
Daily, 9.30am to 5.30pm
Last entry 5pm

1 Oct to 31 Mar:
Daily, 10am to 4pm
Last entry 3.30pm


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