Blackness Castle was built as a residence for the powerful Crichton family, but this auspicious start soon gave way to a chequered history.
Seized by James II, it remained in Crown ownership, initially as a garrison fortress and state prison.
It has undergone many alterations, but it could not withstand the onslaught of Cromwell’s artillery in 1651.
Redeveloped in 17th century, it remained an important military base until the 1870s when it became a munitions depot.
It fell from military use in 1912 and, despite a heavy-handed restoration in the 1920s, retains much of its rugged charm.
The Castle was used in the internationally loved Outlander series. One of the most brutal scenes takes place here; when evil Jack Black flogs main character Jamie.
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4m NE of Linlithgow on the Firth of Forth, off the A904
From Linlithgow train station walk 5 mins to Linlithgow Cross on the High Street, First Bus number 49 to Blackness. Walk 6 minutes to castle.
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