For the first time, Kinneil House near Bo’ness will this year be open for free guided tours during Historic Environment Scotland’s (HES) St Andrew’s Free Weekend – Saturday 30 November and Sunday 1 December. Some other HES properties across the region will also be opening their doors.
The Kinneil House tours will run from 10am-4pm (last admission 3pm) and must be booked in advance through www.hes.scot/events . Volunteer guides from the Friends of Kinneil will be supporting HES with the event at the historic mansion – known for its exquisite 16th-Century wall paintings as well as its unique association with the inventor James Watt, who secretly undertook development work on his steam engine at Kinneil. 2019 has marked the 250th anniversary of Watt’s patent for the engine, and also the Bicentenary of his death.
Kinneil Estate contains a rare combination of nearly 2,000 years of Scotland’s history in one site. As well as the house, you can also visit the adjacent free Kinneil Museum (open daily except Tuesdays, 12.30-4pm, or 10am-4pm on house open days), which contains displays and artefacts relating to the house, estate and wider history and heritage of the Bo’ness area. A wide range of walks in and around the estate are also available.
For any queries about the house tours please contact HES.