Bo'ness Foreshore, Kinneil Nature Reserve, Nature reserve

Just off the Kinneil foreshore – once home to a large distillery

Today it’s occupied by flats, a field and some foliage. But 100 years ago, this site at Corbiehall in Bo’ness was a hive of activity – and home to Bo’ness Distillery. The Distillery occupied ground just below the Old Kirk in Bo'ness. The distillery was founded in the early 1800s by Messrs Tod, Padon and… Continue reading Just off the Kinneil foreshore – once home to a large distillery

Bo'ness Foreshore, Kinneil Colliery, Kinneil Nature Reserve, Nature reserve, walking

Kinneil’s feathered appeal is no flight of fancy

“Kinneil Nature Reserve is an amazing place to visit.” -David Anderson, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds in Scotland The Kinneil foreshore welcomes thousands of walkers and cyclists each year. But the area is also an important destination for visitors of the feathered variety. David Anderson, from the Royal Society for the Protection of… Continue reading Kinneil’s feathered appeal is no flight of fancy

Bo'ness Docks, Bo'ness Foreshore, Bo'ness Harbour, Kinneil Nature Reserve

End of an era: the closure of Bo’ness Docks

It was the end of an era. On Tuesday, June 30, 1959, Bo’ness Docks were closed to commercial trade. A large crowd turned out to see the final vessel – a Dutch ship – sail out of the dock the next evening. The closure brought to an end a two-year fight between local people and… Continue reading End of an era: the closure of Bo’ness Docks

Bo'ness Foreshore, Kinneil Nature Reserve

Going full steam ahead to Bo’ness

Seaview Place car park in Bo’ness was once home to the town’s original railway station. Work started on creating a branch line – an extension of the Slamannan Railway – in the 1840s, with the first revenue-earning train running in 1851. Initially the track was used to carry goods from the busy industrial complexes around… Continue reading Going full steam ahead to Bo’ness

Bo'ness Foreshore, Kinneil Nature Reserve, Nature reserve

Bo’ness and the search for ‘white gold’

“During the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, both shores of the Firth of Forth were studded with salt pans, and a big export trade was developed.” -Historian TJ Salmon It was once called “white gold”. Sea salt was harvested in Scotland for hundreds of years – with the first salt pans being developed in the 12th… Continue reading Bo’ness and the search for ‘white gold’

Kinneil House, Kinneil Museum, Kinneil Nature Reserve, Nature reserve, Reserve

Bid to attract visitors to Estate and Nature Reserve

A NEW push to attract tourists to Bo’ness got underway this week. Bo’net – which represents dozens of groups in the town – updated and republished its free map and guide to attractions in the area. Copies will be available from local libraries and other outlets in the district. You can also download a PDF… Continue reading Bid to attract visitors to Estate and Nature Reserve