Stirlingshire singers to appear at historic Kinneil House

The Gargoyles of GargunnockRenaissance singers will entertain crowds at historic Kinneil House in Bo’ness this month.

The Gargoyles of Gargunnock group will appear as part of a free open day.

Visitors can step inside the mansion – and enjoy the music – from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, August 27. The event has been organised by the charities The Friends of Kinneil and Historic Environment Scotland.

Maria Ford from The Friends said: “We’re delighted to welcome the Gargoyles back to Kinneil this August. They specialise in Renaissance and medieval music and seem a perfect fit for the House, which dates back to the 15th century and boasts some of the best Renaissance wall paintings in Scotland.”

She added: “The group have appeared at the House over the past few seasons and have been a real hit with visitors. We’re hoping for similar success on August 27.

“Entry to the House, and to enjoy the music, will be free of charge. The last admission to the building will be 3.30 p.m. on Sunday, August 27 – so don’t be late. It will be worth coming along!”

The event will see more of the House opened to the public. Historic Environment Scotland has installed a new viewing platform in the central “Tower” section of the House to allow regular visitor access to this area for the first time.

VisitScotland’s “Coo Van” will also be in the surrounding Kinneil Estate, giving free tourist information and advice to visitors. Kinneil Museum will also be open.

Helen Rowell from the Gargoyles of Gargunnock said: “It’s great to return to Kinneil.”
The group formed in 2004 as an amateur acapella folk group.

Helen – with her fellow group members Zoe Fouracre and Elizabeth Wilkinson – says the Gargoyles are “wandering minstrels”. The ladies – who don period outfits for performances – are based in the picturesque village of Gargunnock, around four miles from Stirling.

Helen said: “We became medieval singers by accident when we agreed to perform at the Border Reivers Festival in Hawick and then discovered it was a period dress event! Since then we have sung to thousands of people at many festivals and events throughout Scotland.”

She added: “We sing songs from 13th to 17th centuries – about love and war, drinking and lust, religion and nature.

“We have sung in venues from palaces to battlefields, from old folks’ homes to community centres, from pubs to chapels and from kirks to beer tents. We research and make our own outfits and have a range from the early through late medieval and Renaissance periods.”

After the Kinneil event on August 27, the Gargoyles will perform at Cambuskenneth Abbey’s Open Day on Sunday, September 17 – and at Early Music Day at St Cecilia’s Hall in Edinburgh on October 28. Then there will be preparations for Christmas.

Helen said the past year has been very busy for the group.

“We finished the 2016 season with two fund-raising concerts, one in Cupar and one at the Smith Art Gallery in Stirling, then sang at the Burrell Collection in Glasgow before it closed for its refurbishment,” she said.

“We then started our Christmas charity appearances, three times at the Woodhouse Café in Kippen, and at Stirling farmer’s Market.”

Singing takes the three women across Scotland.

“Our 2017 summer season started in Peebles with the Traquair Medieval Festival weekend in May,” said Helen. “Then we sang for the Town Break Friendship Group in Braehead at the Rural Carers’ Group in Callander.

“If you are planning an event, and are interested in having the Gargoyles perform, then please contact us through our website.”

To find out more about Kinneil House open days, please visit http://www.kinneil.org.uk

You can also get updates via social media at www.twitter.com/kinneil and www.facebook.com/kinneil

To find out more about the Gargoyles of Gargunnock, visit: www.spanglefish.com/thegargoyles/

The Gargoyles of Gargunnock are pictured. From left, Helen Rowell, Zoe Fouracre and Liz Wilkinson.

NOTES TO EDITORS:

  • Kinneil House, Museum 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. For directions, click here
  • The John Muir Way also runs through the site. For satellite navigation devices, use the postcode EH51 0PR. Images of Kinneil House and Estate are available on request. Email: publicity@kinneil.org.uk
  • You can access a video of the Gargoyles of Gargunnock singing at Kinneil at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ly6h-E4SV8

Discover the Duchess at Kinneil this Sunday

3kinneilhouseinsummer-rgb-300dpi.jpgA costumed interpreter will entertain crowds at historic Kinneil House in Bo’ness this Sunday (April 23, 2017).

There will also be free tours of the mansion between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. (last admission 3.30 p.m.) The property, the centrepiece of Kinneil Estate, boasts some of the best renaissance wall paintings in Scotland.

The open afternoon has been organised by the charities The Friends of Kinneil and Historic Environment Scotland.

The costumed interpreter will tell visitors about Anne, the 3rd Duchess of Hamilton – one of the key people involved in the development of Kinneil House.

Adrian Mahoney from The Friends of Kinneil said: “We hope lots of people will come along to the House on Sunday afternoon.

“Our volunteers will be on hand to tell the building’s fascinating story and show off the wonderful wall paintings. We’re also allowing people to see more of the building in 2017 – so if you’ve been before, come back and see areas previously not open to the public.

“With the support of Historic Environment Scotland, a costumed interpreter has been organised to tell visitors about Anne, Duchess of Hamilton. She’ll be performing throughout the afternoon – and we’re sure her visit will prove popular with visitors. Doors open at 1 p.m. Please note the last admission is 3.30 p.m. – so don’t be late. Neighbouring Kinneil Museum will also be open.

“Best of all, admission to the House and the Museum – and to see the costumed interpreter – is free of charge. You don’t need to book, just turn up – although children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.”

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Anne, 3rd Duchess of Hamilton, was an impressive and influential character. She and her husband William were responsible for the major expansion of Kinneil House in the late 17th century. This saw the original 15th century tower house adjoined to the nearby palace building by means of one of two decorative towers, flanking the original tower house.

Sunday’s open day is one of a series of events taking place this week along the John Muir Way, which runs 134 miles across Scotland (and right past the House).

The coast-to-coast version of the Way was officially launched three years ago and brings many visitors to Kinneil Estate and the wider Falkirk Council area.

Amy Mack, Regional Tourism and Community Manager for Historic Environment Scotland, said: “Although you can tour the grounds of Kinneil House throughout the year, you can only see inside the building on special open days. We hope that families from across Scotland – and further afield – will pay a visit to Kinneil this year.”

Other Kinneil House open days will take place on:

  • Friday, May 19, 2017 (6 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.);
  • Sunday, May 21, 2017 (1 p.m. to 4 p.m.);
  • Sunday, June 25, 2017 (1 p.m. to 4 p.m.);
  • Sunday, August 27, 2017 (1 p.m. to 4 p.m.);
  • Saturday, September 16, 2017 (1 p.m. to 4 p.m.); and
  • Sunday, October 29, 2017 (1 p.m. to 4 p.m.).

The last admission is 30 minutes before the stated closing times.

For more information on open days click http://www.kinneil.org.uk or pick up a leaflet from libraries and local tourist attractions in the Falkirk Council area.

History fans can also keep in touch with updates through social media at www.facebook.com/kinneil and www.twitter.com/kinneil

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NOTES TO EDITORS:

  1. The Friends of Kinneil was set up in 2006 to promote Kinneil Estate and Nature Reserve in Bo’ness. The charity organises Kinneil House open days and other events for members and visitors. (No. SC038368). The group won a Scottish Heritage Angel Award last year. To find out more, visit http://www.kinneil.org.uk
  2. Falkirk Community Trust manages Kinneil Museum and the surrounding Kinneil Estate on behalf of Falkirk Council. Find out more at falkirkcommunitytrust.org
  3. Historic Scotland and RCAHMS came together in 2015 to form a new lead public body charged with caring for, protecting and promoting the historic environment. The new body, Historic Environment Scotland (HES), leads on delivering Scotland’s first strategy for the historic environment, Our Place in Time. The body cares for Kinneil House using the existing Historic Scotland brand. Historic Environment Scotland is a registered Scottish Charity. Scottish Charity No. SC045925. You can keep up to date with news from Historic Environment Scotland and register for media release email alerts at https://www.historicenvironment.scot/about-us/news/
  4. For image requests, email: info@kinneil.org.uk
  5. 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.
  6. Media enquiries: tel. 01506 823714 or 01506 510629; email: info@kinneil.org.uk . More contact details at kinneil.org.uk/friends

Great events on the John Muir Way at Kinneil

2017 JMC logo COLOUR portrait eps v2 100317Walkers and history fans are being urged to explore the John Muir Way this April, with a series of events across the 134-mile route.

In Bo’ness, there’s a walk from Kinneil to Blackness Castle and back. There will also be a free open day at Kinneil House, with a costumed interpreter organised to take people back to the 17th century.

The events are being held around the birthday of John Muir, the Scots naturalist and explorer, who was born on April 21, 1838.

They also coincide with the third anniversary of the opening of the coast-to-coast John Muir Way, which launched in 2014, and which runs through the Bo’ness and Kinneil areas.

The Friends of Kinneil charity has organised a “Walk along the Way” on Saturday, April 22. The guided walk will take in Kinneil Nature Reserve and the stunning views along the Forth from Carriden and Blackness beaches. The trek (six miles each way, a total of 12 miles round trip) will leave from outside Kinneil House/Museum at 1 p.m. on April 22. There’s no need to book, although children must be accompanied.

For more information, click www.kinneil.org.uk/walktheway2017

Friends volunteers are also teaming up with Historic Environment Scotland to run a free open day at Kinneil House the following day – on Sunday, April 23. There will be free tours around the mansion from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. (last admission 3.30 p.m.) A costumed interpreter will also be on hand to tell visitors about Anne, 3rd Duchess of Hamilton, one of the building’s best known residents, who was instrumental in developing the imposing House and its stunning Estate.

Kinneil Museum will also be open.

Please note that Kinneil House will only be open for the Sunday event.

Other John Muir events are also taking place around the country. See www.discoverjohnmuir.com/muir-events for details.

WIN A FREE GUIDEBOOK

At both the walk and open day, The Friends will be running free draws for copies of the John Muir Way guidebook, produced by Rucksack Readers. We have four copies, worth £11.99 each, to give away. To be in with a chance of winning a copy, come along to either event – or both! Thanks to Central Scotland Green Network and John Muir Way partners for their support.

For updates, see social media at www.facebook.com/kinneil and www.twitter.com/kinneil

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You can walk along the John Muir Way with The Friends of Kinneil on April 22. More at www.kinneil.org.uk/walktheway

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See inside Kinneil House and meet a Duchess at the open day on April 23. More on Kinneil open days at www.kinneil.org.uk/2017opendays  and www.kinneil.org.uk/duchessday 

Fun event at Foreshore

johnmuir-logo1A variety of events are being held locally to celebrate the birthday of John Muir – and the second anniversary of the opening of the trail in his name (which runs through Kinneil).

On Thursday, April 21, 2016, there’s a “Meadows Discovery Day” at the Kinneil Foreshore / Nature Reserve.

From 10 a.m. to noon, you can get hands on dealing with meadow and woodland management (over 18s only)

Then from 1-2.30 p.m. it’s a bug hunt (suitable for all ages). Learn about bees and other pollinating insects, as well as the flowers that they forage from.

The event has been organised by the charity Buglife in conjunction with Falkirk Council’s Ranger Service. Participants will meet at the Foreshore, off Snab Lane, Bo’ness, EH51 0PS. Please wear sturdy footwear and remember to bring warm clothes and waterproofs.

Booking is essential! To book please contact Suzanne Burgess at suzanne.burgess@buglife.org.uk or call 01786 447504.

Download the poster here

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Singers bring Kinneil House alive with sound of music

gargoyles1---wwebSingers specialising in renaissance and medieval music are set to entertain visitors at Kinneil House in Bo’ness.

The Gargoyles of Gargunnock group will appear at the next free open day at the mansion on Saturday, August 29.

Visitors will be able to enjoy their songs in addition to marvelling at the building, which boasts some of the best renaissance wall paintings in Scotland. Kinneil House dates back to the 15th century and was once home to the Dukes of Hamilton. The open day will run from noon to 3 p.m.

Helen Rowell from the three-piece group – which appears in period costume- said: "We’re delighted to be appearing at Kinneil on August 29.

"We formed in 2004 as an amateur acapella folk group. We became medieval singers by accident when we agreed to perform at the Border Reivers Festival in Hawick five years ago and then discovered it was a period dress event! Since then we have sung to thousands of people at many festivals and events throughout Scotland."

Helen – with her fellow group members  Zoe Fouracer and Elizabeth Wilkinson – says the Gargoyles are "wandering minstrels". They are based in the  picturesque village of Gargunnock, around four miles from Stirling.

"We sing songs from 13th to 17th centuries – about love and war, drinking and lust, religion and nature," said Helen. "We have sung in venues from palaces to battlefields, from old folks homes to community centres, from pubs to chapels and from kirks to beer tents.

"We research and make our own outfits and have a range from the early through late medieval and renaissance periods."

Maria Ford, from the Friends of Kinneil – which helps to run the free open days at Kinneil – said: "We’re really looking forward to the Gargoyles’ debut appearance at Kinneil House. We’ve been trying to secure the group for a number of years. We’re pleased that they’ve managed to find time in their busy schedule to come along to the House and entertain visitors.

"The building will be open from noon to 3 p.m. on August 29, with the last admission at 2.30 p.m. Come along and marvel at this wonderful building – and enjoy some wonderful music from the Gargoyles of Gargunnock. Admission to the House, and to hear the Gargoyles, will be free of charge."

To find out more about Kinneil House open days, please visit www.kinneil.org.uk

You can also get updates via social media at www.twitter.com/kinneil  and www.facebook.com/kinneil

To find out more about the Gargoyles of Gargunnock, visit: www.spanglefish.com/thegargoyles/

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NOTES TO EDITORS:

Kinneil House and Estate are on the western edge of Bo’ness in central Scotland, just off the A904 and A993 and is 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. Images of Kinneil House and Estate are available on request. Email: publicity@kinneil.org.uk

 

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Children give their verdict on Kinneil House and Museum

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Kinneil House exterior

The Friends of Kinneil charity has been working with local children to raise the profile of Kinneil House in Bo’ness. Supported by Historic Scotland and Falkirk Community Trust, the group organised a special schools day in May this year. Comments from visiting children from Bo’ness Public School are published below.

The School’s primary four is doing a project on the House, Museum and Estate – and the Roman occupiers of the land nearly 2000 years ago. As part of The Friends’ outreach work, the charity paid for a Roman soldier, a member of the Antonine Guard re-enactment group, to visit the school. The Friends also organised for archaeologist Geoff Bailey from Falkirk Community Trust to meet the children and show them Roman artefacts.

One of the Friends’ volunteers, Yvonne McBlain, visited the school dressed as Kinneil House’s “White Lady” – Lady Alice Lilbourne, who is said to haunt the House and its grounds. In addition, members of the Falkirk District Wargames Club – who regularly stage Roman war games during Big Roman Week –  visited the children. Youngsters were also allowed to create Kinneil models, and take them home.

We hope you enjoy reading the children’s feedback below. They clearly enjoyed their project and we hope they will return to Kinneil soon.

If you feel inspired to visit Kinneil, visit our homepage and click through for current open days at Kinneil House. You can also visit Kinneil Museum all year, normally Mondays to Saturdays from 12.30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Admission to House and Museum is free.

* Inspired by the youngsters, below? Leave comments on Kinneil Museum on TripAdvisor. (Currently there isn’t a listing for Kinneil House at present.) You can also email The Friends of Kinneil via: info@kinneil.org.uk

Quote about Kinneil House from Noah Grieve


OUR VISIT TO KINNEIL BY CHILDREN FROM PRIMARY FOUR AT BO’NESS PUBLIC SCHOOL

  • P4 visited the fabulous historic place of Kinneil House on Friday the 15th of May 2015. My favourite part was when we went to the Museum because I learned lots of things from Geoff Bailey the brilliant archaeologist. He showed us weird handcuffs. Before we did went a treasure hunt around Kinneil House. I liked the absolutely gorgeous paintings. I saw stuffed animals. I also saw beautiful paintings too. I enjoyed learning about Kinneil House. I hope you have as much fun as I did at Kinneil House. By Ami Torrance
  • Me and P4 went to Kinneil House. P4 enjoyed the journey to Kinneil House. We were split into three groups for a treasure hunt we had to find every picture on the sheet paper with the photos. By Andrew Heeps
  • I visited Kinneil House on Friday the 15th of May 2015. I saw all the rooms, they were quite big. My favourite room was the painted room because there were flowers and animals all over the walls. We also did a Kinneil House topic, my favourite part of that was when an archaeologist called Geoff Baily came into our class and showed us lots of artefacts of the Romans time. I loved Kinneil House and my topic. By Annabel Robb
  • We went to Kinneil House on the 15th May 2015. I saw a crossbow in the museum. My favourite thing was being on Jesus cross. It was in the House. I really enjoyed my visit. By Ben Hyslop
  • Hi everyone I’m Cerys and I visited Kinneil House on Friday 15th of May 2015. My favourite thing was when we saw Geoff Bailey in the museum and he showed us lots of cool Roman artefacts. I got to hold all of them. This is interesting because I have never seen anything like it before. This is why you really have to go to Kinneil House. By Cerys McCormack
  • I visited Kinneil House on Friday 15th 2015 may my favourite part was in the Kitchen part and I really liked seeing the white lady and I loved the roman part because I never knew stuff about the romans and Mrs Mc Blain was amazing at acting so that was really good and the primary 4 wants to say thank you I had a great time I wish we could have more trips at Kinneil House because all they trips were fun the white lady looked real but she was not real she probably died 20090 from the olden day she lived in Kinneil House but she didn’t want to live there but her husband made her so she jumped out of the window and ran away then she sat in a chair then she saw a roman they smiled at each other and she was in a farm with cows and sheep’s. By Courtney Hill
  • I visited Kinneil House on Friday the 15th of May 2015. I saw the Arbour room and all the other rooms. I also found a spider on the roof of Kinneil House. My favourite was the museum. Although I liked Geoff Bailey the archaeologist. My favourite part was the room that told a story. It did not speak but the story was told in picture on the wall. By Erin Kivlin
  • We visited Kinneil House on Friday the 15th of May 2015.I saw the beautiful paintings in the Arbour Room, there were some weird paintings and some nice paintings. My favourite part was when we got to go to the museum and see the dead stuffed animals. This was because I like animals and I enjoyed seeing them close up. By Fiona Mitchell
  • I visited Kinneil House on Friday 15th May 2015. I saw the new refurbished museum and the beautiful painted rooms. My favourite part was the artefacts and painted rooms because the paintings have stories behind them. The artefacts are used weirdly but they’re beautifully polished and made. By Fraser Oswald P4
  • We visited Kinneil House on Friday the 15th of May 2015.My favourite part was looking around. I liked when we went to the museum with Geoff Bailey and looked at objects from the past. I liked looking at objects past because I have never seen any of these objects. By Harrison Murray
Romans marching at Kinneil
Romans marching at Kinneil
  • P4 visited Kinneil House on Friday 15th of May. In Kinneil Museum there was fun games and colouring in. My favourite parts were the beautiful paintings decorated all over the palace. The paintings were all over the place in nearly every room. There was amazing bits or stone with marks and lines. Over all I enjoyed our trip.  By Joe Lyall
  • We visited Kinneil House on Friday 15th of May 2015.My favourite part was the house because I like exploring and Looking at the paintings because they were interesting. I didn’t like all the stuffed animals because it was very sad. By Jorja Aitken
  • Me and my class went to Kinneil House on May the 15th 2015. I saw the museum a catapult stuffed animals sail shells and artefacts. They were all exhibits. I had a lot of fun at Kinneil House. By Katie Brand
  • I visited Kinneil House on 15th of May 2015.I saw the kitchen, the Arbour  and the Kinneil. I saw all of the beautiful paintings. I also saw the catapult. My favourite part was when we went to do the treasure hunt in Kinneil House. By Louis Chapoy
  • We visited Kinneil House on Friday the 15th of May 2015. I loved all the amazing old pictures and every one of them holds a story. The palace was beautiful to explore and investigate all the stuff that had been used by all the families that lived there. The museum was full of old stuff and models. If you go to Kinneil House I hope you get all the information that I got because I think Kinneil House is excellent. By Lucy Hellen
  • Primary 4 visited Kinneil House on the 15th of May 2015. I got to see inside the museum and have a shot of a catapult. I liked inside the museum because it was interesting upstairs looking at the church bells. I liked the treasure hunt because it was good fun. I never liked inside Kinneil House because I almost fell down the stairs. By McKenzie Walker
  • My topic was Kinneil House. I learned a lot. We got lots of visitors. One of them was Joe who dressed up us a Roman Soldier. He brought in lots of swords and shields. He got one big sword and shield. Another visitor called Geoff Bailey came he was an archaeologist. He brought in lots of cool artefacts that some people dug up. Some artefacts were owned by the Romans. By Morgan Rose
  • The brilliant Kinneil House is good for a relaxing day. The artefacts are brilliant and Geoff Bailey will tell you about them all. The paintings are inspirational and I think you should go. By Noah Grieve

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  • I liked going to Kinneil House because I liked seeing all of the paintings. The bedrooms were beautiful with all the paintings. The kitchen was really good seeing all the food. By Paige Vallely
  • Hello everybody my name is Peter and I am going to tell you about Kinneil House. I went there on Friday 15th May 2015. There are lots of fun. Geoff Bailey the archaeologist was very helpful I saw a catapult and a lot of beautiful and amazing pictures. Thank you for listening. By Peter Kiss
  • I visited Kinneil House on Friday 15th May 2015. I saw lots of different artefacts they were very interesting  because they looked mysterious. My favourite part was looking at the paintings because I had never seen anything like it before. By Rhys King
  • We visited Kinneil House on May 15th 2015. I saw boulders in the kitchen and grave stones in the kitchen. My favourite part of the trip was going to the museum because there was a lot of interesting things to see. By Rhys McCallum
  • I visited Kinneil House on Friday 15th 2015 May. My favourite part was seeing the White Lady in our class well she was really Yvonne McBlain. She was amazing at acting she was AWESOME . We also saw Geoff the archaeologist he was AWESOME too. This is because the artefacts he showed us where amazing. By Zara Murphy
  • P4 visited Kinneil house we explored Kinneil house. Kinneil house was very interesting the artefacts were brilliant. All the rooms were interesting because the paintings looked new. When we were in the artefacts room it look awesome. By Jack Johnston
Arbour Room, Kinneil House.
Arbour Room, Kinneil House.
  • Primary 4 visited Kinneil House on Friday 15th of May. My favourite part was going inside the house. This was because I liked learning about the rooms. They were interesting because I have never seen them before. It was a great trip. By Kiera Burns P4
  • I visited Kinneil House on Friday 15th May 2015. I saw the Roman Fort. I thought a war happened. My favourite part was looking at the artefacts. I thought they were spectacular. By Cloe Peretto
  • I visited Kinneil House on Friday the 15th May 2015 I saw the painted rooms, the kitchen and the servant stairs. I really liked the museum because you got to see real dead animals and a bell from the church it was so much fun. When you go to Kinneil house I hope you enjoy it like I did. By Reese McAvoy
  • Primary Four went to Kinneil House on the 15th May 2015. I saw the beautiful paintings and we saw an archaeologist called Geoff Bailey. He was cool, because he explained and showed us artefacts. My favourite part was the museum because it has very cool ornaments and exhibits. By Amy Evans

* Inspired by the youngsters? Leave comments on Kinneil Museum on TripAdvisor. (Currently there isn’t a listing for Kinneil House at present.) You can also email The Friends of Kinneil via: info@kinneil.org.uk

Plant sale at Kinneil on June 20 and 21

freeimages-beddingplants1ssFalkirk Council’s annual plant sale takes place at Kinneil Nursery within Kinneil Estate, Bo’ness, on Saturday and Sunday, June 20 and 21, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.

Please note the park is also being used for a corporate event that weekend, so it could be busier than normal. Kinneil Museum will also be open in the afternoons (so pop in after getting your plants!)

The price list is published below.

For directions to the Estate, click www.kinneil.org.uk/map

Picture courtesy of http://j.mp/1cLn1Rh

 

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John Muir Way events

Events are taking place at Kinneil and around Falkirk District to mark the first anniversary of the launch of the new John Muir Way.

They include a free open weekend at Kinneil House on April 18 and 19, 2015:

  • Kinneil House will be open from noon to 3 p.m. (last admission 2.30 p.m.) on April 18 and 19, 2015.
  • The House features renaissance wall paintings, dating back to the 16th century.
  • The Weekend will also feature performances from costumed interpreter, plus ranger walks, and giveaways (see below for info on a free prize draw).
  • The revamped Kinneil Museum, next door to the House, will also be open both afternoons.

Read the news release about the open weekend here.

If you’re visiting the House and its surrounding Kinneil Estate for the first time, get directions here.

SUNDAY, APRIL 19 – SPECIAL FREE DRAW FOR KIDS!

Thanks to a donation from SNH and Bo’net, we’ve got John Muir books and other nature goodies to give away in a free prize draw at Kinneil House. Come along – you could win a prize!

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Scroll down for information on other John Muir events around Falkirk District. You’ll also find details in this newsletter from Bo’net (PDF).

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IT’S been a year since the launch of the John Muir Way: Scotland’s coast-to-coast trail stretching 134 miles (or 215 km) across Scotland’s heartland. The Way runs between Helensburgh in the west through to Dunbar on the east coast and Muir’s birthplace.

Walkers, cyclists and horse riders can enjoy the coastal scenery, sweeping landscapes, wildlife sites and historic visitor attractions across Scotland’s heartland.

From the Clyde coast the route travels inland to Gouk Hill with splendid views of Scotland’s first national park – Loch Lomond and the Trossachs. John Muir would surely approve!

Moving east the route takes in the unique Falkirk Wheel, the Roman remains of the Antonine Wall, Arthur’s Seat volcano in Edinburgh, and on to the rocky coastline of Dunbar, where Muir played as a boy.

To mark the first anniversary, SNH and partners are running events and activities around the Way, helping people celebrate Muir’s love of the outdoors. Find out more about what’s on at:
www.snh.gov.uk/johnmuir2015

There is also a dedicated website for this way-marked route. It provides people with all sorts of useful information on completing all or part of the Way, places to stop for a bite to eat and local points of interest worth a visit.  Much of the Way links with public transport, making it easy to reach, so why not give it a go this spring? www.johnmuirway.org

LOCAL EVENTS AROUND THE FALKIRK COUNCIL AREA – 2015

HERE are some of the local events taking place to mark the first anniversary of the opening of the John Muir Way.

kinneilcover1.jpgSaturday, April 18
The Kelpies turn purple for the John Muir Way anniversary. Helix Park, Falkirk, (time TBC). www.thehelix.co.uk

Kinneil House Open Day, Kinneil Estate, Bo’ness, noon to 3 p.m. See inside this renaissance building, right beside the John Muir Way, for free.
www.kinneil.org.uk

Sunday, April 19
John Muir Way “Walk Falkirk Challenge”, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Join Falkirk Council Ranger Service on the first leg of a walk of around 11 miles along the John Muir Way in Falkirk district, from Banknock heading east. The walk will stop for a short break at Falkirk Wheel at lunchtime (bring your own picnic).  En route walkers will learn about Falkirk’s history and wildlife. Booking essential. More information: 01324 504950 or email:
rangers@falkirk.gov.uk

Kinneil House Open Day, Kinneil Estate, Bo’ness, noon to 3 p.m. See inside this renaissance building for free – and go for a walk along the John Muir Way in the grounds of the surrounding Kinneil Estate and neighbouring Nature Reserve.
www.kinneil.org.uk

Monday, April 20
Toddling O’Clock – Poppy’s Garden,
10.30 a.m. Callendar House, Falkirk. Sensory drama, music and a mini-adventure for two to five-year-olds and their adult. More information: Cost £3.50 (admits one child and up to two adult carers). Booking essential: call the Steeple Box Office on 01324 506850

Friday, April 24
John Muir Way Badger Watch,  7.45 p.m. Muiravonside Country Park near Whitecross. Suitable for adults and children six years and over. Price £3 per person. Booking essential: call the Steeple Box Office on 01324 506850
www.falkirkcommunitytrust.org/heritage

Saturday, April 25
Environmental Festival, Callendar House, Falkirk 10 a.m. Come along and meet representatives from Falkirk Community Trust, the Forestry Commission, Jupiter Urban Wildlife Centre, the RSPB, the local Nature Fest festival and Scottish Badgers in front of Callendar House. Find out how to become more eco-friendly, make use of your parks and woodlands, and re-discover nature. Call Callendar House on 01324 503770.
www.falkirkcommunitytrust.org/heritage

The people of Blackness and Bo’ness mark the first anniversary of the John Muir Way with a community walk from Carriden, Bo’ness, to Blackness Castle. Leaves at Carriden Church car park at 1 pm. (There will also be activities around the church from late morning.) Round trip, around five miles. Bring a picnic to enjoy in the castle grounds.
http://j.mp/blackness-walk

Sunday, April 26
Music session with Falkirk Folk Club, featuring Carron Cast. Corbie Inn, Corbiehall, Bo’ness, from 8 p.m. to midnight. Free. The real ale pub, which also boasts a micro-brewery, is just off the John Muir Way.
www.corbieinn.co.uk

Get on your Way to Kinneil for a world-class weekend

  • Open afternoons at Kinneil House on April 18 and 19
  • Events mark World Heritage Day and first anniversary of launch of John Muir Way
  • Costumed interpreter, ranger walks, and giveaways (see info).
  • Free admission to House and revamped Kinneil Museum
  • House open noon to 3 p.m. both days – museum open until 4 p.m.

maria-ford-at-kinneil-house-300dpi-finalHistoric Kinneil House in Bo’ness is opening its doors for free tours this weekend. Visitors will be able to see inside the A-listed mansion, meet a costumed interpreter and tour the surrounding parklands.

There will also be giveaways and a free draw for children’s books.

The afternoon events have been organised to mark World Heritage Day (April 18) and the first anniversary of the launch of the John Muir Way. The Roman Antonine Wall – a World Heritage Site – runs through the grounds of Kinneil, as does the 134-mile Way.

Kinneil House – which boasts impressive renaissance wall paintings – will be open from noon to 3 p.m. (last admission 2.30 p.m.) on Saturday and Sunday (April 18 and 19, 2015).

Volunteer guides from The Friends of Kinneil will tell visitors about the mansion’s amazing history, dating back to the 15th century.

The House was once home to the powerful Hamilton family. Historic Scotland Ranger Service will also be on hand to give tours around the surrounding estate, which boasts the ruins of a medieval church and a Roman fortlet. The revamped Kinneil Museum (next to the House) will also be open both days from 12.30 p.m.

The events have been organised by The Friends of Kinneil charity and Historic Scotland, with the support of Falkirk Community Trust, Scottish Natural Heritage and Falkirk Council.

Maria Ford (pictured) from The Friends of Kinneil said: “We’re really looking forward to our open weekend. It celebrates Kinneil’s position as part of a World Heritage Site, as well as its location along the John Muir Way, which has attracted lots of new visitors to the area since its launch last year.

“As well as providing free House tours we’ll be giving away Antonine Wall stickers, pens, flags and leaflets – and also John Muir books in a free draw. I’d like to thank Historic Scotland and Scottish Natural Heritage for the giveways and their ongoing support. We’ll also have a costumed interpreter playing Anne, Duchess of Hamilton – one of the key figures associated with Kinneil House.

“Our open days are usually busy and I would encourage people to come along early and enjoy the free tours. We’ll be opening the House at noon on Saturday and Sunday, April 18 and 19, with the last admission at 2.30 p.m. on both days.

“Historic Scotland Rangers will also provide tours of the estate, and Kinneil Museum will be open both afternoons. It’s recently been refreshed with the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and is well worth a visit. “Best of all – admission to the House and Museum – and those tours of the surrounding area are all free of charge.”

Amy Mack, Regional Tourism and Community Manager for Historic Scotland, said: “The Friends of Kinneil put a lot of time and effort into making the open days such a success. I’d like to thank the charity’s volunteers for all their hard work to make visits to Kinneil so memorable for all our guests.”

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ABOUT KINNEIL

** The history of Kinneil dates back to 1323 when lands were granted by King Robert The Bruce to Walter Fitzgilbert of Hamildon, the head of the family which later produced the Dukes of Hamilton.

** The Hamiltons’ main seat was in west central Scotland but over the centuries Kinneil became their base in the east. In the 1400s they built a small tower house just outside what is now Bo’ness, in an easily defensible position overlooking a ravine.

** In the late 1400s or early 1500s the tower house was enlarged. In 1553 James Hamilton, 2nd Earl of Arran, built a palace to the north east of the tower house to its north east. In 1667, William, 3rd Duke of Hamilton and his wife Anne launched a major expansion of Kinneil House. Within a century, however, the Hamiltons had ceased to use Kinneil, and rented it out to tenants.

** Demolition work at Kinneil took place in the 1930s, but work was halted when rare renaissance wall paintings were discovered. ** The Friends of Kinneil was set up in 2006 to support and promote the development of Kinneil House and the surrounding estate and area, and to enhance and protect its heritage.

** Over the past few years it has worked with Historic Scotland to improve public access to Kinneil House, running a series of free open days. It also takes part in other activities within the estate. The Friends of Kinneil is a registered charity (Charity Registration Number: SC 038368). ** Kinneil Museum, next to Kinneil House, is open all year, normally from Mondays to Saturdays from 12.30 p.m. to 4 p.m. (as well as at additional times to tie in with House open days). The museum is run by Falkirk Community Trust on behalf of Falkirk Council. Find out more at http://www.falkirkcommunitytrust.org.uk/heritage

** Kinneil House, Museum 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 site also features the ruins of a medieval church, a cottage used by inventor James Watt and evidence of a Roman fortlet, part of the Antonine Wall. The John Muir Way also runs through the site. Find out more at http://www.kinneil.org.uk and http://www.antoninewall.org and http://www.johnmuirway.org

** For satellite navigation devices, use the postcode EH51 0PR. See our map page. johnmuir-promo1.jpg

The Friends of Kinneil is a registered charity Charity Registration Number : SC038368 Visit us online at: www.kinneil.org.uk Email us: info@kinneil.org.uk

Masterplan for Kinneil Estate approved

An ambitious plan to attract new funding into historic Kinneil Estate in Bo’ness has been endorsed by Falkirk Council’s Executive Committee. The Kinneil Estate Masterplan outlines a range of opportunities for the park, which is dominated by the imposing Kinneil House, dating back to the 15th century.

Suggested improvements could make the site more attractive to local people and visitors from further afield. Councillors were told proposals within the plan could lead to a “transformation” of the site, through a series of “innovative and well marketed visitor experiences”.

The full story is on the Falkirk Council website

 The Council papers, including the draft plan (now approved) are also online.