- Blackness Castle car park and external grounds only available to paying visitors. This is a temporary change to control parking levels. Please book your tickets in advance and have them ready to be scanned (in the shop).
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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.
Blackness is often referred to as ‘the ship that never sailed’. This is because of its appearance, for from the seaward side it looks just like a great stone ship that has run aground. The pointed stem projects into the water, while the square stern stands beached on dry land. The castle’s three towers add to the effect – the small ‘stem’ tower at the prow, the tall ‘main mast’ tower at the centre, and the solid ‘stern’ tower at the rear.
After your visit to the castle, enjoy the warm atmosphere and quirkiness of The Lobster Pot. A great place to enjoy a nice cup of tea or coffee, or a delicious lunch or dinner.
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