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
Blackness Castle stood in for Fort William in Outlander, I think in at least two episodes but I might be wrong.
In the late 1990s, a lady visitor, with her two young sons, felt adventurous enough to climb the winding stone staircase of the tower. Suddenly there appeared before her a knight. He was suited in armor, in full dress uniform, so to say. The apparition took umbrage at her temerity. She claimed it chased her angrily from the tower. She didn’t say, though, whether it was brandishing its sword as it clanked after her. Probably, she was too busy trying to stay out of its mail-fisted reach.