500 visit Kinneil during Free Weekend

THOUSANDS of people across Scotland flocked to Historic Scotland’s Free Weekend on Saturday and Sunday.

At Kinneil House in Bo’ness more than 500 people visited the historic A-listed mansion over two afternoons. Visitor numbers were boosted by free train trips from Bo’ness Station to Kinneil, run by the SRPS in conjunction with the Journal and Gazette newspaper.

The Friends of Kinneil – the charity which provided volunteer guides to help people tour the House – said it was pleased at the response. “Our visitors’ book was full of positive comments and we were delighted to see so many people come to Kinneil and hear about its rich history,” said a spokesperson. “One of the furthest travelled came from Santa Clara in California. The lady visitor said the renaissance wall paintings in the House were ‘wonderful’. We can only agree.”

Local Councillor Adrian Mahoney gave up his weekend to help as one of the volunteer House guides. “The feedback from visitors was really good,” he said. “I was particularly heartened by visitors from further afield, who felt their trip was very worthwhile. I hope they make a return journey at some point in the future. Kinneil House and Estate is a fantastic place to visit.”

The Friends of Kinneil will team up with Historic Scotland to re-open the House to visitors on the day after Bo’ness Fair, Saturday, June 28, from 12 noon to 4 p.m. Again, admission will be free of charge. For details, visit www.kinneil.org.uk