Blackness Castle

Yesterday we went east to Blackness Castle on the Firth of Forth, one of Historic Scotland’s sites. We dodged the rain with a well-timed lunch, then spent a dry, if cold and blustery, hour exploring before walking a couple of miles along the banks of the Forth for good views back to the Castle and of the Ochil Hills and some intriguing fungi.

Blackness was built in the 15th century and is remarkably well-preserved, perhaps because it spent much of its life as a fortress and prison. It’s also known as “the ship that never sailed” – you can get some impression of that in the picture above of the prow-like tower with the Saltire pointing out into the water. Well worth the visit!


  1. Another of my favourite places. I was there just a couple of weeks back however I was not lucky enough to get the nice weather you had. It was misty, cold and wet, didn’t stop me taking some photos though!


  2. This looks so beautiful in its starkness. It looks like it was a cold day. I wonder how it looked back when it was first built and how cold the people living there must have been. This is something to see


    • I wonder that about all the castles. There would have been tapestries on the stone walls and fires, but even so – brr! I’m glad to be living in the 21st century.