Blackness Castle was built by the Crichtons in the 15th Century and this powerful family used the castle as an artillery fortress. Since the castle was built in the 1440s it has been used as a royal castle, prison, and more recently has even been used as a film location for TV shows, such as Ivanhoe and Outlander.
Because of its proximity to the water, unusual shape and its stone ship appearance, Blackness Castle has been nicknamed “the ship that never sailed”, and like a large ship that has washed up on the shores of the Firth, the castle’s north tower points out to sea like stern.
Blackness Castle is open to visitors throughout the year and if you are in Scotland and enjoy military history, Blackness Castle is a site you won’t want to miss.
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