Historic Kinneil House in Bo’ness is opening its doors for free tours this Saturday (August 29, 2015) from noon to 3 p.m. (last admission 2.30 p.m.)
Visitors will be treated to music from renaissance singers the Gargoyles of Gargunnock. There will also be a consultation on plans to recreate an orchard in the grounds of the mansion.
Kinneil House, within Kinneil Estate, dates back to the 15th century and was once home to the Dukes of Hamilton. It boasts some of the best renaissance wall paintings in Scotland.
Saturday’s open afternoon has been organised by The Friends of Kinneil charity in association with Historic Scotland and Falkirk Community Trust. Kinneil Museum, next to the House, will also be open. There will also be a pop-up cafe within the museum, raising funds for The Friends of Kinneil.
A spokesman for The Friends of Kinneil said: “The House is only open a few times a year. This is a great opportunity to see inside one of the area’s best historic buildings – and get some entertainment from the Gargoyles of Gargunnock at the same time. We hope local people will come along and support the open afternoon. Best of all, admission is free of charge.”
- The Gargoyles at Kinneil – www.kinneil.org.uk/gargoyles
- Orchard consultation – www.kinneil.org.uk/orchard-appeal
- Apple cake (and fun for kids) on offer – www.kinneil.org.uk/apple-event
- Kinneil House open days in 2015 – www.kinneil.org.uk/freein2015
Kinneil House and Estate are on the western edge of Bo’ness in central Scotland, just off the A904 and A993 and are part of the Frontiers of The Roman Empire World Heritage Site. The John Muir Way also runs through the site. For satellite navigation devices, use the postcode EH51 0PR
- Kinneil House – noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, August 29 (last admission 2.30 p.m.). Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
- Kinneil Museum – open Mondays to Saturdays from 12.30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Features hands-on displays, an audio video show and small retail area.
- Map to venue at www.kinneil.org.uk/map