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Blackness Castle
Often referred to as the “ship that never sailed,” Blackness Castle is a 15th century fortress sitting on the south shore of the Firth of Forth, not far from Edinburgh. With a long, narrow shape resembling a ship, the castle has been used as a residence, prison, artillery fortification and fortress over the centuries. Technological innovations were made in the 16th century and a cast iron pier with a gate and drawbridge was added in 1868. When the castle was restored between 1926 and 1935, most of the 19th century additions were removed and the medieval era features of the castle were restored.

Though most of the buildings are empty today, the castle is open to the public as a historic monument. An exhibition provides insight into the history of the castle, including information about the powerful Crichton family, for whom it was built. Visitors can also climb the towers or the curtain wall of the castle for sweeping views of the Firth of Forth; the best views are from the central tower. The castle has also been featured in the “Outlander” television series and is a stop on many “Outlander” themed tours.

Practical Info

To visit Blackness Castle, take a train or bus from Edinburgh to Linlithgow and from there, catch bus 49 to Blackness. The journey should take between an hour and a half to two hours. A narrow road leads from the village of Blackness to the car park just south of the castle. The more adventurous might instead opt to hike from Falkirk, starting at the Carriden Parish Church and following the edge of the River Forth for about two hours.
Address: Blackness, West Lothian EH49 7NH, Scotland
Hours: April 1 to September 20, daily 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; October 1 to March 31, Sunday to Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Admission: 5.50 pounds
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Outlander Adventure Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh

Outlander Adventure Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh

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Attention “Outlander” fans: this tour was created just for you. Leave Edinburgh behind as you embark on an epic adventure to several sites from the popular television show. Visit Culross Palace (the fictional Cranesmuir), Doune Castle (Castle Leoch), Blackness Castle (Fort William), Midhope Castle (Jamie’s home), and Linlithgow Palace, the site of one of the series’ most intense scenes.
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  • 9 hours 30 minutes
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The Outlander, Palaces & Jacobites Experience from Edinburgh

The Outlander, Palaces & Jacobites Experience from Edinburgh

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Discover the palaces and castles of TV’s ‘Outlander’ series on a 9.5-hour tour from Edinburgh. Visit some of the sites that starred in the fictional Jacobite saga, including Blackness Castle, the headquarters of Jack Randall, and Hopetoun House, the Duke of Sandringham’s residence. Explore Wentworth Prison, set in Linlithglow Palace, and see Midhope Castle (Lallybroch), Mercat Cross (Cranesmuir), and more, as you hear trivia on the series and its stars. Entrance fees are excluded.
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  • 9 hours
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Five Scottish Castles Private Tour from Edinburgh

Five Scottish Castles Private Tour from Edinburgh

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Immerse yourself in the Medieval landscape as you embark on a private day tour of five historic Scottish castles. Maximize your time, and leave the crowded tour busses behind, as you venture to Midhope, Doune, Linlithgow, Aberdour, and Blackness Castles. Learn about the fascinating history behind each castle, and get the best viewpoints for taking photos. Your guide provides round trip transportation from Edinburgh for a seamless experience.
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  • 7 hours
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Outlander Day Tour from Glasgow or Edinburgh

Outlander Day Tour from Glasgow or Edinburgh

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See the Scotland of the hit television series 'Outlander' on this full-day tour through the countryside. With a driver-guide, you'll visit sites used for Lallybroch (Midhope Castle), Fort William (Blackness Castle), Crainsmuir (Culross), and Castle Leoch (Doune Castle). When booking, select pickup from Glasgow or just outside Edinburgh.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
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2-Day Outlander Experience Small Group Tour from Edinburgh

2-Day Outlander Experience Small Group Tour from Edinburgh

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Scotland is known as the setting for the famous Outlander series, but matching real landmarks to their fictional counterparts can be difficult on a self-led tour. Discover sites associated with the series on a 2-day tour from Edinburgh, with included overnight accommodation in Inverness. Travel with ease between attractions including Clava Cairns and Doune Castle by air-conditioned vehicle, and gain historical insight from your professional guide.
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  • 2 days
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Outlander Day Tour

Outlander Day Tour

This tour will allow individuals to walk in the steps of Jamie and Claire at some of the infamous locations listed. Your experienced driver drove crew and extras of Outlander during filming and his name is also in the credits of a couple of the episodes in Season 2.
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  • 8 hours
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Private Outlander Day Tour from Edinburgh

Private Outlander Day Tour from Edinburgh

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Tour the Scottish highlands and visit several of the areas featured in the popular Outlander series on a full-day private tour from Edinburgh. Journey to the real-life settings of Castle Leoch, Fort William, Lallybroch, Culross, and more. Along the way, you’ll enjoy insider stories about the series and learn about Scotland's storied history. Since you’re guaranteed to be the only group on this private tour, the tour can be customized to your liking.
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  • 8 hours
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4-Day Outlander Trail Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh

4-Day Outlander Trail Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh

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Fans of the TV series “Outlander” will be well-catered for during this multi-day specialized tour from Edinburgh, though even non-fans can also appreciate the chance to explore tiny towns, ancient battlefields, and hidden castles. Travel in a small-group for an intimate experience and don’t worry about the logistics: everything is arranged for you, including three nights of accommodation, transportation, and breakfast.
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Private Day Trip Outlander Filming Locations from Edinburgh

Private Day Trip Outlander Filming Locations from Edinburgh

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Travel from Edinburgh with your private group of up to seven travelers to visit many of the locations used filming the Outlander series. See the spots that will already feel familiar: Castle Leoch, Lallybroch, Wentworth Prison, even Fort William. See too the Scottish stand-ins for the Duke of Sandringham’s French home, the Palace of Versailles, and the Le Havre Wine Warehouse.  Sassenach and Highlander alike will enjoy the tour.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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3 Day Outlander Tour

3 Day Outlander Tour

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Immerse yourself in the world of Jamie and Claire and the harrowing times on the Scottish Highlands in this extensive three-day tour. Visit filming locations featured in the Outlander television series and important Scottish landmarks as you tour the county-side with your small group. You’ll see the spots that “acted” as Castle Leoch, the Duke of Sandringham’s French residence, Cranesmuir and Inverness. Touch the standing stones (if you dare) and stand at Culloden.  
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Outlander Luxury Private Tour with Scottish Driver

Outlander Luxury Private Tour with Scottish Driver

See the sights that inspired the story of 'Outlander' and tour the places where the series was filmed. This private tour caters to you, keeping your comfort in mind at all times as you are chauffeured from your hotel or the cruise ship port in a Mercedes van. Visit the sets that stood in for Mrs. Baird’s B and B, Castle Leoch, the village of Cransemuir, Wentworth Prison and Fort William. Your guide will share stories of Scotland as you travel.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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Outlander Film Locations tour of Castle Leoch, Fort William and Inverness

Outlander Film Locations tour of Castle Leoch, Fort William and Inverness

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Get a first-hand peek at key settings from the hit TV series Outlander on this specialty-themed private sightseeing tour. Visit three scenic filming locations in central Scotland, including Doune and Blackness castles—two of Scotland’s best-preserved medieval sites—and building exteriors in Falkland. Small-group tours include comfortable transfers in a luxury vehicle plus door-to-door pickup in Edinburgh or Glasgow.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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Lallybroch Outlander tour - three castles tour from Private Tours Edinburgh

Lallybroch Outlander tour - three castles tour from Private Tours Edinburgh

Discover the real-life landmarks and fictional locations from Scotland’s hit TV show Outlander. Travel in the comfort of a private vehicle and enjoy the undivided attention of your private guide as you visit three memorable filming locations. Explore the real-life Lallybroch estate—Midhope Castle—the ancestral home of Jamie Fraser; see Linlithgow Palace, which doubles up as Wentworth Prison on screen; and visit the 15th-century Blackness Castle, where scenes at Fort William were shot.
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Rob Roy,Mary Queen Of Scots,Castles,Highlands,Lochs,Trossachs,Whisky!

Rob Roy,Mary Queen Of Scots,Castles,Highlands,Lochs,Trossachs,Whisky!

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Avoid crowds and enjoy a more personalized experience of Scotland than is offered by most group tours. This private tour takes you to some of the country's most beautiful sights, including Trossachs National Park, Callander, Doune Castle, and Linlithgow Palace.
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Private Luxury Outlander Tour With A Supporting Actor

Private Luxury Outlander Tour With A Supporting Actor

As a former Jacobite on season 2, I have some unique insights others guides may not. I also hold a Whisky Ambassador qualification so we can learn about the national drink along the way in between locations. As a professional entertainer for over 20 years, I can promise you're tour will be interesting and always fun! Some tour guides only have facts to deliver but I feel getting to know the Scottish people and our sense of Humour is every bit as important.
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  • 8 to 12 hours
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Mary Queen of Scots and the Royal Family in Scotland

Mary Queen of Scots and the Royal Family in Scotland

Begin your tour with a visit to Mary's birthplace, Linlithgow Palace. Head to Holyrood Palace to see where Mary lived and used to hunt and ride in the adjacent park. See the extinct volcano, Arthur’s Seat, and enjoy some of the most breathtaking views the city has to offer. Afterwards, head to John Knox's House where John Knox planned and schemed to overthrow the queen. Notice that just underneath the house was where Mary’s favourite jeweller lived. Visit another location of tumultuous history where the queen's husband, Lord Darnley was murdered, now the New College if Edinburgh. Depending on the time of year, visit Falkland Palace to see where Mary used to play tennis. Go to Craigmillar Castle, where the queen was housed when she was unwell and may have plotted to have her husband murdered. Visit Blackness Castle and learn how it was used as a filming location in the movie of Mary’s life. During your tour, take the opportunity to have lunch at a pub that dates back to 1316.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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Game of Thrones and Outlander tours from Private Tours Edinburgh

Game of Thrones and Outlander tours from Private Tours Edinburgh

Our new Outlander and Game of Thrones tour is perfect for fans of the two most popular TV shows on screen this year . See Jamie Fraser's ancestral home Lallybroch. Hear Jamie as he guides you around Castle Leoch ( Doune Castle ). On our unique tour we visit three key locations in the life of Outlander’s Jamie Fraser – Lallybroch ( Midhope Castle ) , Jamie’s ancestral home , Linlithgow Palace ( Wentworth Prison ) and Blackness Castle ( Fort William ) . Then we visit Doune Castle , heavily featured in Game of Thrones , and also Castle Leoch In Outlander .
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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Blackness & Stirling Castle, Wallace Monument Private Day Tour from Edinburgh

Blackness & Stirling Castle, Wallace Monument Private Day Tour from Edinburgh

- In one day you will visit four most popular historic sites in Scotland - Stop for photos at the Forth Bridge (Queensferry) - Enjoy free time at all 4 locations - See sights such as Blackness Castle, Stirling Castle, Wallace Monument, Linlithgow Palace • Full-day small group tour from Edinburgh • Mercedes V Class • Enjoy privileged, personalized attention from your driver/guide on this small group tour (no one apart from you and your family members, friends will attend this tour) • Kids friendly (0+ age) • You have more free time for sightseeing compared to similar bus tours • Small group tour with a maximum of 4 passengers • Enjoy privileged, personalized attention from your driver/guide on this small group tour • Tour can be customised • Please note that tours stops and timings are flexible and for reference purposes only
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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Top Scottish film locations tour

Top Scottish film locations tour

Though filming locations are often easy to recognize, they’re not always easy to find. Tick off the settings of top films and TV shows such as Game of Thrones and Monty Python and the Holy Grail on a Scottish filming locations tour from Edinburgh. As well as benefiting from the insider knowledge of a guide, you’ll skip the hassle of car hire.
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  • 6 hours
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Private Tour Outlander Scenarios Brazilian Guide

Private Tour Outlander Scenarios Brazilian Guide

Private tour tailored to the client's interests, the tour itinerary can be changed to suit customer needs or weather conditions. Tour with vehicle and guide in private Portuguese.
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Outlander Explore

Outlander Explore

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This tour based on popular Historical drama TV series “Outlander” on the novel series, fourth season already premiered on 2018 and renewed the series for fifth and sixth seasons on 2020. This tour is recommanded our most historical heritage & culture in Edinburgh, Scotland. We provide a first class service on every journey with full of excitement & memorable adventure,also you can make your own tour location and flexible time all over the day. Tour will be our traditional black taxi within full Air-Conditioned & heating vehicle,free Wi-Fi on broad & complementary water bottle. Vehicle are fully insured and have full public liability insurance. Our driver are officially recognised by the City of Edinburgh Council. All tours are priced per vehicle which can hold up to 6 passengers. We assured fully safe & secure every tour with bespoke tour, also provide any pick up or drop off in Edinburgh based location,including Air-port transport.
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  • 8 hours
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Outlander Tour Small Group Day Tour from Edinburgh

Outlander Tour Small Group Day Tour from Edinburgh

Although Outlander is exciting and thrilling, experiencing the real life sites is even more impressive. Turn back the clock by wandering the ancient streets of these villages and experience what life might have been like 400 years ago. On this tour, you will be guided through a fantastic array of Outlander sights while also learning about the history that inspired the famous show. • Full-day small group tour from Edinburgh • Mercedes V Class • Enjoy privileged, personalized attention from your driver/guide on this small group tour (no one apart from you and your family members, friends will attend this tour) • Kids friendly (0+ age) • You have more free time for sightseeing compared to similar bus tours • Small group tour with a maximum of 6 passengers • Enjoy privileged, personalized attention from your driver/guide on this small group tour • Tour can be customised • Please note that tours stops and timings are flexible and for reference purposes only
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  • 9 to 10 hours
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1 day Outlander tour

1 day Outlander tour

I've been in every season of the show, a Jacobite at Prestonpans, a Redcoat at Ardsmuir prison, a clan chief in 1970's North Caroline and much more! Come and explore the filming locations with me and find out how cold it was on set and what fun we had. I promise you it won't be dull. This is a private tour so locations can be discussed and changed in advance if you've already been to some or want somewhere in particular ie The Stones!
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  • 8 to 10 hours
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Private Outlander and Film Locations Luxury Day Tour

Private Outlander and Film Locations Luxury Day Tour

We specialise in creating Scottish adventures for individuals. As our tours are more personal than some other tour providers, you will leave with a feeling of satisfaction knowing that you've seen what you wanted, how you wanted. Wether you're fans of Outlander, Monty Python or Game of Thrones, you'll find a great mix of iconic locations from your favourite film and TV shows all within reach of the city of Edinburgh in the comfort of our luxurious Mercedes van. Enjoy, relax and just switch off. Get to know the country and its people, immerse yourself in nature and tradition. At TRIPorganiser we know where to find something special. Trust us with your with valuable travel time. Authenticity is our top priority.
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  • 9 hours
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What are Blackness Castle hours of operation?
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Blackness Castle hours of operation: April 1 to September 20, daily 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; October 1 to March 31, Sunday to Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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