House

Kinneil House – the centrepiece of Kinneil Estate – was once the historic home of the Dukes of Hamilton. This imposing mansion dates back to the 16th century.

The building boast rare renaissance wall paintings – said to be among the finest in Scotland – and a resident ghost.

Kinneil House is normally open on selected days throughout the year, staffed by volunteer guides from The Friends of Kinneil. However, Historic Environment Scotland – which manages the building – has taken the decision to suspend tours inside the property in 2021.

Visitors can still visit the grounds – which are open all year – and the neighbouring Kinneil Museum, which gives information on the House and the wider estate.

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SEE INSIDE KINNEIL HOUSE

The Arbour Room inside Kinneil House in Bo'ness
The Arbour Room inside Kinneil House in Bo’ness
Detail from the Parable Room inside Kinneil House

The Friends of Kinneil works with Historic Environment Scotland to run tours of the interior of Kinneil House. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, there are no plans to run tours in 2021.

Keep visiting The Friends of Kinneil social media pages on Twitter and Facebook for updates on the latest Kinneil events.

A costumed interpreter portrays James Hamilton, Earl of Arran, in his bedchamber at Kinneil.
The Gargoyles of Gargunnock singing group have made frequent appearances at Kinneil.
Did we tell you that Kinneil House is reputed to be haunted by a “White Lady”.