Crowds flock to Kinneil House

Kinneil House, Bo'ness
Kinneil House, Bo’ness

More than 1760 people visited the inside of Kinneil House in Bo’ness last year.

The figures were collated over eight open days in 2016, by Historic Environment Scotland and The Friends of Kinneil.

The groups join forces to organise free guided tours of the mansion. The building dates back to the 16th and 17th centuries and was once home to the powerful Hamilton family.

The charities said Big Roman Day at Kinneil was the most popular House event in 2016 – attracting more than 530 people in just a few hours.

A spooky Hallowe’en event came second, pulling in 234 people. There was also a schools’ day and a tie-up with the national Festival of Museums.

A spokesperson for The Friends said: “To attract 1763 people over just eight days is a tremendous result. Hopefully we’ll attract even more people with our new series of open days in 2017.”

The first open event of the new season is on Saturday, March 25, 2017, when the House will be open from 10 a.m. to noon, with the last admission at 11.30 a.m. The spokesman added: “There’s no need to book, just turn up. Neighbouring Kinneil Museum will also be open.”

The first Kinneil event has been organised to co-incide with the Hippodrome Silent Film Festival.

To find out more, visit www.kinneil.org.uk