Blackness Castle

 The October holidays are here and despite further restrictions on part of the county we were determined to make the most of our week off. The fact is we should have been away visiting relatives this week and as this couldn't happen we still wanted to get out and about. Safety is our No. 1 priority, especially with 4 children travelling with us so we booked ahead and took the short car journey to Blackness. 

Castle Location

There is only one road in and out of Blackness with the castle itself situated at the tip overlooking the river forth. It has been suggested that before the castle built in the 15th century the place was used as a port for the surrounding towns like Linlithgow. Tickets must be booked online prior to turning up. We were allocated a 90min time slot which was just enough time to get around the castle and visit the toilets etc. Inside the castle it is only the south tower that has a one way system, so it is best to visit that one last. We started off with the central tower and then the north. The central tower  leads you on to the flat roof top where you can get a good overview of the surrounding area, including the bridges located in Queensferry. 

The iron pier that can be seen in the image above was closed off for repair. Historic Scotland has done a good job of ensuring that the castle is never overcrowded and they provide hand sanitiser and clear instructions when you are in the castle grounds. The south tower 


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