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Blackness Castle

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Address: | West Lothian, Edinburgh EH49 7NH, Scotland
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Step inside a largely intact medieval castle whose doughty defences once...

Step inside a largely intact medieval castle whose doughty defences once guarded the Firth of Forth. Known as ‘The Ship that Never Sailed’ for its boat-like shape, Blackness Castle was built in the 1400s for Sir George Crichton, Admiral of Scotland.

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This is not a comfortable and luxurious castle. This is a castle built for defence and has no pretensions or delusions of grandeur. It is impressive and has a stunning location on... read more

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Terrigal
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is not a comfortable and luxurious castle. This is a castle built for defence and has no pretensions or delusions of grandeur. It is impressive and has a stunning location on the edge of the Firth of Forth. A long history and a short drive from Edinburgh make this well worth a visit.

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The castle is nicely placed in the bay, so you get great views of the bridges in the east. Well worth a stop if you're in the area.

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Wigton
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I'm guessing this castle is the poor relation considering Edinburgh and Stirling Castles are so close, but this one should not be overlooked. Set on the banks of the Fourth, the castle itself is quite well in tact, with lots of hidden rooms and some fantastic views, this place will stand out in my memory for some time.......

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Southport, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a lovely castle looking right over the water. Not only is it well maintenance and restored you have a great views of the forth bridges! There is a lovely pier to gain extra views and also have access to two towers which have windows so it's not too cold! An activity which can be done in a wet... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stunning location right on the banks of the River Forth with excellent views over to the bridges. Very well kept property, lovely big lawn, and plenty to poke about at inside. There are plenty of information boards but you do need to use your imagination. Certainly held our interest, including with a toddler in tow. Welcoming staff. No Café, but... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have just joined Historic scotland so we were bagging a few in the that area. The kids a I really liked to castle for a good rummage around, they loved the secret passage from the fire place to the front gate ( you can't go in it yourself ) but it caught their imaginations.. My partner liked it for... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Loved everything about this place, from the setting with amazing views of the bay, to the walk round the ramparts, climb up the towers, informative story boards, pier and lovely ice cream in the shop! What made it particularly good was the friendly welcome and helpful staff. As others have said, there's more to see than you expect and we... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Gorgeous castle in a gorgeous location. Lots to see in this castle, small nooks, surprise rooms, amazing views and a fantastic draw bridge. (not working nowadays) Gift shop with ice creams, hot drinks and a brilliant selection of Scottish gifts and souvenirs. Big grassy area for picnics and ball games. Definitely worth a visit.

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Thank Zoe S
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped off with family for a visit , there's not much to do but the views of the forth are lovely. Not really as interesting for children as some other castles but for adults it's nice walking around and reading about the history. We were also allowed to take our dog in on the lead so that was a bonus.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I've visited lots of castles and this is a really nice one, not particularly ruined but not 'done up' either. Nice location, interesting 'ship like' design and a good central tower to climb. Well worth a visit

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