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Winter tales at Blackness Castle

5 December 2006

Enjoy an afternoon of Winter Tales against the fantastic setting of Blackness Castle. The event, organised by Historic Scotland’s Ranger Service, is suitable for all the family and takes place on Sunday 10 December at 1.30pm. While the event is free, booking is strongly recommended.
Martin Gray, Historic Scotland Ranger, said:
'Blackness Castle and the surrounding coastline are impressive and beautiful places in every season. Winter Tales will be a chance to hear a professional storyteller bring a whole new dimension to this remarkable place which is rich with history and folklore.'

There are records of ships unloading at Blackness as long ago as 1200 and the Castle is first mentioned in 1449 when it was held by the Crichtons – one of the most powerful families in Scotland.  Standing on a spit of rock jutting out into the Firth of Forth it looks more a part of the water than the land and is often called ‘the ship that never sailed'.

In 1650, it was subjected to a huge bombardment during Oliver Cromwell’s conquest of Scotland. Later it became a state prison where many unfortunate men were forced to languish.  These days the Castle is a popular visitor attraction and the coastline nearby are famed for their animal, bird and sea life.

Blackness Winter Tales is on Sunday 10 December at 1.30pm. Wind and rainproof clothes are essential as – weather permitting – the storytelling activity will be outside.  As well as enjoying a feast of stories to fire the imagination there will also be mince pies all round. Numbers will be limited to around 25.  Please call 01506 842065 to reserve a space.

Notes for editors
  • Blackness Castle is four miles north east of Linlithgow off the A904. Telephone 01506 834807.  Standard entry prices are £3.50 for adults, £2.50 concessions and £1.50 for children.
  • Historic Scotland has 345 outstanding historic properties and sites in its care. These include some of the leading tourism attractions in the country, including Edinburgh, Stirling, and Urquhart Castles, Fort George, Linlithgow Palace, the Border Abbeys, and Skara Brae.
  • Historic Scotland stages an extensive annual programme of events at its Properties in Care. For details, visit or call 0131 668 8926 for an events brochure.

For further information

Kate Turnbull
PR Executive
Marketing and Media
0131 668 8959