HISTORIC Kinneil House in Bo’ness – which boasts some of the best
renaissance wall paintings in Scotland – is opening its doors for free
tours this Saturday.
Heritage fans will be able to see inside between 10 a.m. and noon on
March 17, 2012. The last admission will be at 11.30 a.m.
The tours have been organised by The Friends of Kinneil charity in
conjunction with Historic Scotland, which cares for the property.
Neighbouring Kinneil Museum, located in the stable block of Kinneil
House, will also be open from 10 a.m. on Saturday.
The properties sit at the centre of Kinneil Estate, a massive
parkland, recently named "Walk of the Week" by The Scotsman newspaper.
The weekend House event ties in with the Festival of Silent Cinema
being held at the nearby Hippodrome – Scotland’s first purpose-built
cinema. The pre-art deco picture palace celebrated its 100th birthday
this week. It was re-opened after a £2 million revamp in 2009.
Maria Ford from The Friends of Kinneil said: "With lots of visitors
coming to the town for the Film Festival, it seemed a good idea to
allow them to see around Kinneil House on the morning of March 17.
Like the Hippodrome, this is an A-listed building and a magnificent
place to visit.”
Mrs Ford said there was no charge to visit the House. However,
children under 16 had to be accompanied by an adult.
The Friends are planning a total of six open days at Kinneil House in
2012. Dates and details are available at www.kinneil.org.uk. Leaflets
promoting the open days are also available from local libraries and
other tourist outlets.
For details on the film festival, visit