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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Friends volunteers to provide weekly outdoor guided tour at Kinneil House

Volunteer guides from the Friends of Kinneil will run a free, new, regular walking tour around the outside of Kinneil House and Kirk in Bo'ness every Saturday at 2pm, beginning on 18 September until the end of November. Explore the story of this magnificent 16th/17th-Century palace There is no need to book, just turn up… Continue reading Friends volunteers to provide weekly outdoor guided tour at Kinneil House

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Do a House call at Kinneil this Saturday

One of Falkirk district’s most historic buildings is opening its doors for free tours this weekend. Kinneil House in Bo’ness – which boasts amazing renaissance wall paintings – will be open from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 19, 2016 (last admission 11.30 a.m.) The open morning is to support the Hippodrome Festival of… Continue reading Do a House call at Kinneil this Saturday

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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. Historic… Continue reading Get on your Way to Kinneil for a world-class weekend

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Friends remember James Watt

MEMBERS of The Friends of Kinneil charity - and their guests - have celebrated the life of James Watt (born on January 19, 1736) at the group's second annual James Watt Supper. Inspired by the traditional Burns' celebrations, the Watt Supper remembers the legacy of the great Scottish inventor, who did some of his early… Continue reading Friends remember James Watt

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New James Watt banknote launched

A NEW £50 note featuring inventor James Watt – who did early work at Kinneil Estate in Bo’ness – has gone into circulation. The new Bank of England note portrays the Scottish engineer alongside business associate Matthew Boulton. Watt went into partnership with Boulton in the late 18th century - after an earlier partnership with… Continue reading New James Watt banknote launched