Outlander and Blackness Castle – the story behind one of show’s most impressive locations

Dubbed the ‘ship that never sailed’, the coastal fortress plays a vital role in season one of the hit show.

It’s one of Scotland’s most impressive Outlander locations – a coastal fortress with high walls that jut out into the Forth.

Blackness Castle, which lies near the village of Blackness near Linlithgow, on the southern shore of the Firth of Forth, was built in the 15th-century.

Known as a garrison fortress and state prison it has a rich (and often violent) history.

Dubbed ‘the ship that never sailed’ due to its unique angular shape which juts out into the Forth, it’s recently become better known for its roles on film and TV.

Appearing in the films like The Bruce and Doomsday, and the TV show Ivanhoe, its perhaps most famous for its role in Outlander.


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