Shaped like a ship and situated on a promontory which juts out into the Firth of Forth, this 15th century castle is known as 'the ship that never sailed', due to its shape.
Built by one of Scotland’s most powerful families, the Crichtons, Blackness was never destined as a peaceful lordly residence; its enduring roles were those of garrison fortress and state prison.
It has spectacular views across to the Fife coast and the Forth Bridges and sits on the John Muir Way, with scenic walks towards Bo’ness in the West and through the Hopetoun Estate on the East. Check out their website for their events programme and opening times.
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It is one of the iconic locations from the Outlander TV series, where it stands in for Fort William, and the headquarters of the infamous Black Jack Randall. It features in Season 1 and in Season 2.
Blackness Castle is becoming something of a film star, in its own right, featuring most recently in the feature film Mary Queen of Scots, and in the Netflix film about Robert the Bruce, Outlaw King.