Plan Your TripBlackness Castle
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Welcome back! Historic Scotland are delighted to welcome you back to 'the ship that never sailed'.

Historic Scotland have introduced limits on visitor numbers to help keep everyone safe, and you will not be able to visit without booking online in advance. If you are a Historic scotland Member your ticket will be free, but you must also book in advance.

Often referred to as 'the ship that never sailed' the mighty fortress of Blackness Castle overlooks the Firth of Forth. Built for the powerful Crichton family in the 15th century as a lordly residence, the castle soon took on many other roles. Throughout history it has served as a royal castle, a garrison fortress, a state prison, an ammunition depot and it is now a unique visitor attraction with many tales to be told.


Adult (16-59yrs): £6.00

Concession (60yrs+ and unemployed): £4.80

Child (5-15yrs): £3.60

Family (1 adult, 2 children) £12.00

Family (2 adults, 2 children) £17.00

Family (2 adults, 3 children) £20.50

If you are a Historic Scotland Member your ticket will be free, but you must book in advance.

Member of English Heritage/Cadw/Manx: half price or free entry, but booking is required.



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.

Opening Hours

17 August to 30 Sept
Daily, 10am to 4pm
Last entry 3.30pm

1 to 31 Oct

Sun to Thurs, 10am to 4pm
Last entry 3.30pm

25 and 26 December
1 and 2 January

Located on Route Section(s)

  • 6 Linlithgow to South Queensferry




Green Tourism Member Gold Award
Accessibility Guide
Secure Bike Storage
Water Bottle Refill

Our Passport Offers

  • Passport Retailer
  • Stamping Station


Blackness Castle, Blackness, West Lothian,
Linlithgow EH49 7NH

Latitude: 56.00
Longitude: -3.517