09 Feb Blackness, West Lothian
It sits on the estuary of the Forth and was once an important seaport.
Definitely a good stop on any tours of Scotland.
It is dominated by a castle, which has a strong oblong tower, and a circular staircase that was probably added later.
The tower is well preserved, although much altered.
It dates from the 15th Century.
It was a Royal Castle, and also used as a prison at various times.
In the Act of Union in 1707, the Parliaments of England and Scotland were merged towards the concept of Great Britain.
Blackness Castle was one of the four fortresses to be maintained at full military strength.
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