Blackness Castle played a prominent role in the television series Outlander, standing in as Fort William in its first season. 

Visitors to the castle can admire its stunning position overlooking the Firth of Forth and delve into the captivating history of the Crichton family, one of Scotland's most influential clans. 

As you explore the castle, you'll be awe-struck by its architectural grandeur, which blends noble residence with defensive structures designed for warfare. Don't miss the opportunity to climb the towers and curtain wall, offering panoramic views of the Firth of Forth and its iconic bridges.

This place is run by Historic Environment Scotland

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Further information

Opening Hours

1st April - 30th September
9.30am - 5.00pm (Last entry 4.15pm)
1st October - 31st March
10.00am - 4.00pm (Last entry 3.15pm)
25th - 27th December, 1st - 3rd January


Adult (16-64yrs)
Concession (65yrs+ / unemployed)
Child (7-15yrs)
Family (1 adult / 2 children)
Family (2 adults / 2 children)
Family (2 adults / 3 children)


Dog friendly
Dog walking
Gift shop
Family friendly
Family friendly path
Photo point
Point of interest
Venue hire

Useful information

Accessibility info

Blackness Castle strives to provide access for all visitors. The visitor center can be accessed via three concrete steps with handrails. While the main castle building includes uneven paths and staircases, there are areas where visitors can freely explore. Some spaces have limited access, and a one-way route is implemented in certain parts of the castle. The castle entrance has a gently sloping concrete plinth with a single handrail. It's important to note that the castle's terrain consists of uneven rock and cobbles, which can be slippery when wet.

Food and drink

Food and drink facilities are not available on-site. Visitors are welcome to bring their own refreshments and enjoy a picnic on the castle lawn.

Visitor centre

Blackness Castle features a visitor information where you can learn more about its history and significance. The center provides informative exhibits, displays, and interpretation materials to enhance your understanding and appreciation of the castle's heritage.


Dogs are allowed (only assistance dogs are allowed within roofed areas).

Venue hire

Blackness Castle offers venue hire for special events and occasions. For more information and inquiries regarding venue hire, please contact the castle directly.