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Blackness Castle

Castle built by one of Scotland’s most powerful families, the Crichtons

Blackness Castle

Built in the 15th century 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.

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Highlights

  • Blackness Castle stands in for Fort William in series one of the TV show Outlander.
  • The location – situated on the southern shore of the Firth of Forth looking across to Fife.
  • The castle’s formidable appearance – visitors know they are not visiting a noble residence but a stronghold built for war.
  • The views from the towers and curtain wall – a broad sweep of the Firth of Forth, including fine views of the rail and road bridges.
Green Tourism Award - Gold

Location

Region – Edinburgh and the Lothians
Postcode: EH49 7NH

Opening arrangements

Summer
1 April - 30 September , Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun, 9.30am - 5.30pm (last entry 5pm)

Winter
1 October - 31 March , Mon Tue Wed Sat Sun, 10am - 4pm (last entry 3.30pm)

Admission prices

All year
Adult £5.50, Child £3.30, Concession £4.40

Events at Blackness Castle

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5 September 2015

Weaving the Unicorn exhibition

Stirling Castle

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The Other Mary Exhibition

Stirling Castle

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Jack Vettriano Exhibition

Duff House

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Wandering Home - an exhibition by Thomas Joshua Cooper

Glasgow Cathedral

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Highlanders in Revolt!

Urquhart Castle

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