Blackness Castle Cruise

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Blackness Castle Cruise

Tour DurationTour Duration: 90 minutes

Enjoy one of the best days out in Edinburgh on a Forth Boat Tours cruise AND take in the views of Blackness Castle from the boat, of one of the most historic castles in Scotland.


Relax on board in the heated saloon  or on the outside decks and listen to the guided commentary while enjoying your cream tea with friends and family.

Take in views of the Three Bridges as you have never seen them before. View Blackness Castle (as featured in Outlander and Outlaw King) and known as the ship that never sails. We pass Limekilns village, as mentioned in Robert Louis Stevenson’e Kidnapped. It was from Limekilns that David Balfour and Alan Breck were carried across the Forth in a rowing boat.

About Blackness Castle

Blackness Castle is a historic fortress located on the Firth of Forth, near the village of Blackness, Scotland. The castle was built in the 15th century and played an important role in the history of Scotland. It was as a strategic stronghold during various conflicts, including the Wars of Scottish Independence and the Jacobite Uprisings.

The castle’s location on a promontory overlooking the Firth of Forth made it an ideal defensive position. Indeed, its walls are over 6 meters (20 feet) thick in some places. The castle was also used as a prison at various times, and its most famous prisoner was Cardinal David Beaton, who was held captive there in the 16th century.

Today, Blackness Castle is a popular tourist destination, managed by Historic Environment Scotland. Visitors can explore the castle’s many features, including its battlements, gun ports, and prison cells. The castle also offers stunning views of the surrounding countryside and the Firth of Forth. In recent years, Blackness Castle has gained additional fame as a filming location. Recent appearances include in popular television shows and movies such as Outlander and Outlaw King.

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Ticket Prices

Adult (16+)
Concession (aged 60+)
Child Age 5-15
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What's included

  • Firth of Forth boat trip
  • Unrivalled views of the Three Bridges
  • Observation lounge or outside decks
  • Fun day out with friends and family
  • Complimentary Cream Tea (Includes: scone, preserve and cream with a choice of tea or coffee)

Wildlife and the sights

During your tour, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to see a wide variety of marine wildlife. In addition, you will get great views of Blackness Castle, as featured in Outlander, Limekilns Village as featured in Robert Louis Stevenson’s Kidnapped and the historic coastline of Fife. You will also get up close to the three Forth Bridges as you have never seen them before.

For your comfort

There is a café-bar serving a selection of hot and cold drinks and light snacks. Guests are welcome to enjoy the sea breeze and views from the outside decks, some of which have weatherproof seating. If the weather is less inviting, the observation lounge has fantastic views. A guided commentary means you won’t miss a thing wherever you sit.

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