Historic Scotland
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Opening times

1 April to 30 September:
Monday to Sunday, 9.30am to 5.30pm

1 October to 31 March:
Daily except Thursday and Friday, 10am to 4pm




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

  • Find out how 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
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