Open days at Kinneil House have ended for this year. However, the surrounding Kinneil Estate in Bo’ness – part of the Frontiers of the Roman Empire World Heritage Site – is still a fantastic place to visit this Christmas.
You can explore around 200 acres of fields, woodland, and fantastic historic buildings – including a cottage used by James Watt and the remains of a Roman fortlet. The 15/16th century Kinneil House itself is only accessible during special open days (the next ones are in April 2010) – but neighbouring Kinneil Museum, run by Falkirk Council, is open throughout the year, from Monday to Saturday, from 12.30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
As well as a small retail area, the Museum features artefacts, displays and an audio-visual presentation. Admission is free. Telephone 01506 778530.
The Museum currently has a wide range of Christmas gifts for sale – including festive hampers, books and DVDs. It’s the perfect place to visit on a winter’s afternoon.
Falkirk Council has also produced a new, free guide on walks around Kinneil – and other sites around Bo’ness and Blackness.
Visit www.falkirk.gov.uk/goto/paths.htm for details. Copies are available from Kinneil Museum and other local outlets.