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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 visitor centre is about 10m from the car park.

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

Visitor centre

Access is via three concrete steps (with handrails).


The ground level of the castle is:

  • mostly uneven rock or cobbles
  • slippery when wet

The pier is planked wood with an anti-slip surface.

The south (stern) tower is up a rough-cut rock stair and a spiral staircase of 51 steps.

The east courtyard parapet (wall walk) is reached either:

  • along the west spur and up a series of stone staircases
  • through the great hall, via a spiral staircase (no handrail)

The roof of the north (fore) tower is reached via 40 stone steps (to the spur battery), then along the battlements and up a further two sets of 7 steps.

The first floor is up a further 16 timber steps (with handrail).

The mid tower is reached via a spring mounted wooden door.

Access to the upper levels is via a wide and even spiral staircase (no handrails).


A large grassed area surrounds the castle.


Nearest adapted toilet (3.4 miles) is at:

Link Road
EH51 9AN


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.

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Opening times

1 Apr to 30 Sept:
Daily, 9.30am to 5.30pm
Last entry 5pm

1 Oct to 31 Mar:
Daily, 10am to 4pm
Last entry 3.30pm


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