Blackness Castle, Three Bridges & Cream Tea Cruise Tour Duration 90mins.

Blackness Castle stands by the Firth of Forth, at the port that served the royal burgh of Linlithgow in medieval times. Though built in the 15th century as a lordly residence for the Crichtons, one of Scotland’s more powerful families, it soon took on other roles.

Blackness went on to become:

  • a Royal castle, in 1453
  • a garrison fortress
  • a state prison
  • an ammunition depot, in the later 19th century

The castle was decommissioned after the First World War and passed into state care as a visitor attraction. Blackness is often called ‘the ship that never sailed’. From the seaward side it looks just like a great stone ship run aground.

Ticket Prices

Adult £18.50

Child: (5-15) £10.00

Dog: £1

 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
  • Scone, preserve and cream with a choice of tea or coffee

Wildlife & 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, the historic coastline of Fife, and Britain’s second Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carrier HMS Prince of Wales which is under construction at Rosyth Dockyard. And, of course, you will get to see 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 heated observation lounge has fantastic views. A guided commentary means you won’t miss a thing wherever you sit. And, of course, you will get to see the three Forth bridges as you have never seen them before.

Points of Interest

Three Bridges Spanning Three Centuries

Your cruise includes magnificent views of the new Queensferry Crossing, opened in September 2017, the bridge is 2.7 kilometres (1.7 miles); at opening, it is the longest triple tower cable-stayed bridge in the world and is the tallest bridge in the UK. Standing alongside is the Forth Road Bridge and the world-famous UNESCO World Heritage Forth Bridge.

The Iconic Forth Bridges

Birds

Almost six million seabirds nest on Scotland’s cliffs in summer. We are host to more than half of the world’s great skuas, almost half the world’s northern gannets and one third of the Max shearwaters. Scotland is also home to more than 10% of the European or Atlantic populations of seven other species.

Sea Birds

Whales, dolphins and porpoises

Scotland has twenty-three species of whales, dolphins and porpoises. During your sightseeing tour, you may be lucky to spot several species.

Seals

During your sightseeing cruise with Forth Boat Tours you will have the opportunity to view seals in their natural environment. There are more seals in Scotland than anywhere else in Europe. There are two types of seal in the Firth of Forth grey seals and harbour seals. We have more than a third of the world’s grey seal population, and more than half of the European population. We have around 5% of the world population of harbour seals (also known as common seals) and about a third of the European sub-population.

Scottish Wildlife

Blackness Castle

Blackness Castle stands by the Firth of Forth, at the port that served the royal burgh of Linlithgow in medieval times. Though built in the 15th century as a lordly residence for the Crichtons, one of Scotland’s more powerful families, it soon took on other roles.
Blackness went on to become:
a royal castle, in 1453
a garrison fortress
a state prison
an ammunition depot, in the later 19th century
The castle was decommissioned after the First World War and passed into state care as a visitor attraction. Blackness is often called ‘the ship that never sailed’. From the seaward side it looks just like a great stone ship run aground.

Blackness Castle