- Currently open.
- All visits to Blackness Castle must be pre-booked and a car parking space will be allocated. Pre-book tickets online here. Check their Covid-19 Safety measures here.
- At peak times please be aware that Blackness village has limited parking but there are some great alternatives as to how you can travel to this picturesque village:
- 20min cycle (e-bikes available in Union St, check e-bike map here & follow John Muir Way section 6)
- 1h20min walk - shoreline (Follow John Muir Way section 6, or click here to see the Bo’ness to Blackness walking path leaflet)
- Bo’ness Community Bus (see timetable here)
Please help us to avoid traffic congestion and support the local community.
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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