Blackness Castle has a history dating back to the 15th century and was built by one of Scotland's most powerful families, the Crichtons. It is one of Scotland’s most impressive strongholds, and has been a royal castle, garrison, artillery fortress, armaments depot and state prison.
Blackness Castle is located near the village of Blackness in Scotland, on the south shore of the Firth of Forth. It is often referred to as ‘the ship that never sailed’ due to its long, narrow shape and stone walled ship appearance. You can visit inside the castle and read about the history on the notice boards, you can climb the towers and curtain wall for sweeping views of the Firth of Forth and its road and rail bridges.
The fortress, most importantly, for Outlander fans, provides the location of the Fort William headquarters of Black Jack Randall, as well as featuring the heart-wrenching scenes of Jamie’s flogging. Later in the series Brianna and Roger visit the castle once more. (The real Fort William is actually located 121 miles north west of Blackness)
Blackness Castle is part of Historic Scotland and annual membership passes start from £49.50 with entry to hundreds of sites. Or pay £6 pp at the entrance.
Location: Blackness, Linlithgow EH49 7NH
Opening Times: Open every day except Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Check Historic Scotland website for 2019 opening times. Spring/ Summer 0930 to 1730, Autumn/ winter 1000- 1600
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