Estate, History, Kinneil House, Kinneil Museum

Kinneil House re-opens for first time since 2019

Kinneil House will be open for free guided tours of its interiors for the first time since 2019 on Sunday 24 April 2022.

Among other things, visitors will be able to see its exceptional 16th- and 17th-Century wall paintings, considered to be the finest of their period of any house in Scotland, and among the finest in Britain.

Kinneil House was built in the 1550s by the former Regent to Mary Queen of Scots, James Hamilton, who was also her cousin and at that time Heir Presumptive. It was modified in the 17th Century by Anne, Duchess of Hamilton. In the 18th Century it was the setting for James Watt’s development trials of his prototype steam engine, which later changed the world.

The open day is organised by Historic Environment Scotland. Booking is essential: for tour times and tickets visit their Kinneil House pages on their web site. Limited availability: tours begin at 10am and the last one is at 3pm. [***Update at 7.30pm on 23 April – tours now assumed to be fully booked as no further availability showing for 24 April on Historic Scotland booking pages.***]

If visiting then make sure you also visit the adjacent Kinneil Museum (also free, 12.30-4pm), featuring the wider history of the historic town of Bo’ness and the local area.