News

Estate, Friends, History, Kinneil House, walking

Friends volunteers host weekly guided outdoor walk for summer Saturdays

With summer beckoning and the visitor season getting busier as people enjoy the recent easing of restrictions, the Friends of Kinneil volunteers will now be offering a free weekly guided walk at 2pm on Saturday afternoons until further notice at Kinneil Estate in Bo'ness. The programme of outdoor tours began in March, but until now… Continue reading Friends volunteers host weekly guided outdoor walk for summer Saturdays

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… Continue reading Kinneil House re-opens for first time since 2019

Estate, Friends, History, Kinneil House

Centenary of public heritage at Kinneil

This year and next will be the Centenary of Kinneil Estate and Kinneil House first transferring into becoming publicly-owned and -run heritage assets, and a much-loved park for the leisure and enjoyment of people from near and far. On this day, 13th April, 100 years ago in 1922, the press first reported on the astounding… Continue reading Centenary of public heritage at Kinneil

Estate, History, Kinneil House, Kinneil Museum, walking

Easter tour at Kinneil – anniversary of tragic heir’s escape on rope of bedsheets

This Easter Saturday will mark the 460th anniversary of a dramatic episode in 1562, on the eve of Easter Sunday, when the troubled heir to the Hamilton dynasty escaped from his own father during the night, down a rope of knotted bedsheets from an upper-floor room. Volunteer guides from the Friends of Kinneil will explain… Continue reading Easter tour at Kinneil – anniversary of tragic heir’s escape on rope of bedsheets

Estate, Kinneil Museum, walking

Easter walks – ‘I Spy’ activity sheet

During the Easter holidays, explore 200 acres of Kinneil Estate with 2,000 years of history. Enjoy Spring walks or cycling along the many paths in and around the estate, and visit Kinneil Museum (open free, daily except Tuesdays, 12.30-4pm) whilst you're here. I spy with my little eye... For younger members of the family, try… Continue reading Easter walks – ‘I Spy’ activity sheet

Estate, History, Kinneil House, Kinneil Museum, walking

Fortnightly free guided outdoor tour – Saturday afternoons during April

Volunteer guides from the Friends of Kinneil will continue their free, regular outdoor walking tours at Kinneil House at 2pm on Saturday 2 April, Saturday 16 April (Easter Weekend) and Saturday 30 April. Ian Shearer, Chairman of the Friends of Kinneil, said: "As winter recedes, we are delighted to be welcoming visitors to Kinneil again… Continue reading Fortnightly free guided outdoor tour – Saturday afternoons during April

Estate, History, Kinneil House, Kinneil Museum, walking

Guided walk at Kinneil House to feature Mary Queen of Scots link for Silent Film Festival weekend

Volunteer guides from the Friends of Kinneil will resume their free, regular outdoor walking tours at Kinneil House this Saturday, 19 March, during the acclaimed Silent Film Festival (now in its 12th season) taking place at the nearby Hippodrome Cinema in Bo'ness. Discover the connections between Kinneil House and the reign of the young Mary,… Continue reading Guided walk at Kinneil House to feature Mary Queen of Scots link for Silent Film Festival weekend

Friends, History, Kinneil House

New virtual guided tour inside Kinneil House

A new guided tour from the Friends of Kinneil volunteer group around the artistic treasures inside Kinneil House is now available, from the comfort of your own home. Thanks to new collaborations, Great Place Falkirk has released exciting updates to the Falkirk Explored app, allowing users to discover more about the people, culture, and nature… Continue reading New virtual guided tour inside Kinneil House

Antonine Wall, Christmas, Estate, Friends, History, Kinneil House, Kinneil Museum, walking

New for December! – Christmas Hidden Heritage Trail + free gift

Doug the archaeology mole has gone all festive! Visit Kinneil this festive season and do the Christmas version of the Hidden Heritage Trail! Follow the frosty trail, answer the quiz, and then complete the special snowy challenge inside Kinneil Museum to collect your sticker and free gift! Starts on Saturday 4th December. Pick up a… Continue reading New for December! – Christmas Hidden Heritage Trail + free gift

Estate, Friends, History, Kinneil House, Kinneil Museum

Ghostly twist to Saturday tour this Hallowe’en weekend

The Friends of Kinneil's free outdoor walking tour outside Kinneil House and Kirk this Saturday, 30 October, at 2pm (weather permitting) will have an eerie Hallowe'en twist. The family-friendly tour will last around an hour, and will feature some of the stories of Kinneil House and Estate. All ages welcome. Will visitors spot Kinneil's 'White… Continue reading Ghostly twist to Saturday tour this Hallowe’en weekend