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Access

Special arrangements are currently in place at Blackness Castle, to comply with Scottish Government guidance during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Safety measures

  • Our staff have been trained in hygiene and social distancing and have been provided with the necessary PPE
  • Signage is on site to guide visitors, including one way systems and marked areas that are currently closed to visitors
  • We have introduced enhanced cleaning measures to make visitors feel comfortable while visiting
  • In line with Scottish Government legislation and guidance, face coverings are mandatory if you are visiting any indoor/enclosed spaces at our sites including retail and catering areas (subject to some exceptions)

What will be open during your visit

  • All external spaces with visitor access accessible for those that have booked tickets
  • Stern Tower (up to the Great Hall level)
  • One-way route round the Stern Tower, East Wall Walk, Stem Tower, West Wall Walk, Spur Defence Wall Walk and Exit
  • The car park has limited spaces and will be monitored. It is only available for those that have booked tickets to visit the castle and its grounds. At peak times please also be aware that Blackness village has limited parking and alternative means of travel are encouraged. Please help us to avoid traffic congestion and support the local community

What will remain closed during your visit

  • Mid Tower
  • The pier
  • Stern Tower (anything above Great Hall level closed)
  • Shop

Carers tickets

In line with best practice in the visitor attractions industry and as advised by Capability Scotland, visitors with disabilities are treated on an equal basis with all other visitors and entry is charged at the appropriate admission category rate - Adult/Concession/Child. Proof of disability is not required.

We recognise that some disabled visitors may need help to visit our sites and we offer free entry for accompanying carers, these can be added when making your booking. Please note this is limited to two carers per transaction.

Parking

The car park has limited spaces and will be monitored. It is only available for those that have booked tickets to visit the castle and its grounds. At peak times please also be aware that Blackness village has limited parking and alternative means of travel are encouraged. Please help us to avoid traffic congestion and support the local community.

The car park has a rough gravel surface and no accessible spaces marked. Visitors can also be dropped off at the entrance.

Approach to site

The shop will not be open at this time, but staff will be available to offer help and advice.

The main castle building is about 30m along a level gravel roadway and about 10m down a fairly steep, uneven path.

Dogs

Assistance dogs are permitted at all our sites and within roofed areas. 

Visitors' dogs are allowed at Blackness Castle, but are not permitted in roofed areas.

Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times and not left unattended at any time. Owners must pick up after their dogs.

Visiting the site

There is a one-way route in place around many parts of the castle, while in others visitors can explore freely. Please follow the blue safety signage as you move around the castle. Social distancing measures will be in place. Access to some spaces may be limited.

  • The entrance to the site has a gently sloping concrete plinth with a single handrail before stepping down to uneven natural rock at the entrance
  • The ground level of the castle is mostly uneven rock or cobbles, and is slippery when wet
  • The pier is closed at this time
  • The south (stern) tower is reached over a rough cut rock stair and a stone spiral staircase of 51 steps
  • The great hall is reached up historic stone staircases, with some handrails in place. The wall walk is accessed from the great hall, via a spiral staircase with no handrail
  • The roof of the north (fore) tower is reached from the wall walk. The first floor is reached up a further 16 timber steps with a handrail on the left-hand side
  • The mid tower is closed at this time
  • The upper levels are reached via wide and even stone spiral stairs with no handrails
  • There are picnic tables and benches on the lawn in front of the castle

Toilets

Toilets are available at the castle. The nearest adapted toilets are at Tesco, Link Road, Bo’ness EH51 9AN; 3.4 miles away.

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Opening times

The castle is now open and we are delighted to welcome you back.

1 Apr to 31 Mar:
Daily except Fri and Sat, 10am to 4pm

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