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Walk and cycle around Kinneil

Kinneil Estate and Nature Reserve in Bo’ness are great places to walk and cycle. The neighbouring sites are packed with trails and cycle routes for you to enjoy.

Here’s are some tips to inspire you . . . .

DOWNLOAD AN AUDIO GUIDE. The sites feature in free audio guides. Kinneil Estate is one of the historical tours you can enjoy through the free Falkirk Explored app. You can also download free guides to Kinneil Estate and the foreshore area (from Kinneil to Carriden) on the izi.TRAVEL app.

DOWNLOAD A FREE WALK GUIDE AND MAP. Falkirk Council has produced a series of free paths booklets. Kinneil features in the Bo’ness and Blackness publication – and in a separate guide to walks around the Antonine Wall. Hard copies of the guides may also be available at Kinneil Museum.

GO ON A HEALTH WALK. Step Forth runs regular free health walks around Kinneil Estate (and sometimes along the neighbouring Nature Reserve). No need to book, just turn up. Read our story for details.

EXPLORE THE JOHN MUIR WAY. The coast-to-coast John Muir Way runs through Kinneil Estate and Nature Reserve. From Kinneil you can head south along the route to Linlithgow and then west to Falkirk. Head east along the John Muir Way and you’ll come to the impressive Blackness Castle and South Queensferry. More details here.

EXPLORE THE NO. 76 WALK/CYCLE ROUTE. The Round The Forth walk/cycle route goes through the Nature Reserve and Kinneil Estate. It heads westwards out of the Estate across a rural farm road to Inveravon. From here you can explore neighbouring Polmont Woods or go onto Grangemouth and the famous Kelpies.

EXPLORE THE KINNEIL BIKE TRAILS. You’ll find dedicated mountain bike trails within Kinneil Woods. Visit the “Kinneil Bike Trails” page on Facebook for updates.

GO ROMAN. The Roman Antonine Wall ran from Bo’ness to Old Kilpatrick. Although there’s no national trail, you can use a number of paths – including the John Muir Way – to visit sites along the line of the wall. This interactive Google Map might inspire you.

HIRE AN E-BIKE. You can hire an electric bike from the point just off Union Street car park, near Bo’ness town centre. More information here.

BUY A BOOK. Kinneil features in the “West Lothian – 40 Favourite Walks” guide produced by Pocket Mountain books. More here.

FOLLOW THE SIGNS. Around the Bo’ness area, you’ll find lots of direction signs to keep you on the right path. And, if you think you are getting lost, just look around and ask one of the local walkers for directions.

Enjoying a walk and cycle from Kinneil Nature Reserve towards Blackness.
The national cycle route no 76 runs through Kinneil Estate and Nature Reserve.
The John Muir Way goes through Kinneil on its way to Blackness and South Queensferry.