Blackness Castle

Blackness Castle stands by the Firth of Forth, at the port that served the royal burgh of Linlithgow in medieval times.

Blackness Castle

About Blackness Castle

Blackness Castle NA, Blackness EH49 7NH
Blackness Castle Website

Mighty fortifications make this 15th-century castle look like a ‘ship that never sailed’. Blackness was never just a peaceful lordly residence – its enduring roles were as a garrison fortress and state prison.

What to see and do:

Blackness Castle stood in for Fort William in series one of TV show Outlander.

Take in the castle’s stunning location on the southern shore of the Firth of Forth.

Learn about the Crichtons – for whom Blackness was built – one of Scotland’s most powerful families.

Stand in awe of the formidable fortress – this was not only a noble residence but also a stronghold built for war.

Climb the towers and curtain wall for sweeping views of the Firth of Forth and its rail and road bridges.

Upcoming Events at Blackness Castle

Coastal Capers

Coastal Capers

7th July 2018
Head to the beach for a fun afternoon of rockpooling, beach art and games with Historic Environment Scotland!
Seashore Foraging

Seashore Foraging

18th August 2018
Explore the shore with Anna Canning from Floramedica and find out about some of the ancient natural remedies that can be found!
On Location: Blackness

On Location: Blackness

1st September 2018 - 2nd September 2018
Blackness Castle - Discover more about the rich history of the ship that never sailed and see how it is utilised today.

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Popular Events

Del Amitri
25 years after last taking to the stage at the castle, Scottish Band Del Amitri will play Edinburgh Castle on 21 July 2018.
Crossing Over With John Edward
John Edward is one of the world's foremost psychic mediums, join him for his live tour Crossing Over at Edinburgh Playhouse on 15th September.
Susana Guardiola’s Masterclass
IberoDocs presents a masterclass by Susana Guardiola (director, scriptwriter and producer of fiction and documentaries) on 6th April at the Hunter Lecture Theatre.
Traverse Theatre Company in association with National Theatre of Scotland present Gut, a taut psychological thriller that explores who we can trust with our children.
Matilda The Musical
Matilda The Musical, the multi-award winning musical from the Royal Shakespeare Company, is coming to Edinburgh Playhouse in April 2019 as part of a UK tour.