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Book now to go on free bat walk at Kinneil

lesley-sweeney-with-bat1Nature fans are being given the chance to get up-close and personal with bats in Kinneil Estate, Bo’ness.

A special “Bat Walk” has been organised for Friday, May 15.

Organisers were this week encouraging anyone interested to book free places via this link

The nocturnal trek will come at the end of an evening of events as part of the national Festival of Museums and Museums at Night celebrations and the local Nature Fest.

Kinneil Museum will be opening its doors from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on May 15. There will be goody bags, a quiz and a chance to see the newly-refurbished museum.

The impressive Kinneil House – boasting fantastic renaissance wall paintings – will also be open for the first hour (from 6-7 p.m.) for free tours.

The event has been organised by the charity The Friends of Kinneil, working with Falkirk Community Trust, Historic Scotland and Falkirk Council.

Eventbrite - Bat Walk (part of a Night at Kinneil House and Museum)

A Friends spokesman said: “The House and Museum evening on May 15 is open to everyone. We hope lots of people will come along.

“However, we’re having to limit places on the Bat Walk – the final part of the evening – to just 40 people. You’ll get a guided nature walk through the estate and then look for bats at dusk. If you’re interested in going on the walk – book through our website at www.kinneil.org.uk … If you’re having problems booking, you can also call 01506 823714.”

The spokesman added: “We’re grateful to Falkirk Council ranger Lesley Sweeney for leading the walk. Hopefully the wee fellows come out and entertain the walkers. They usually don’t disappoint!”

Above: Council Ranger Lesley Sweeney, leading the Bat Walk at Kinneil Estate, Bo’ness, on Friday, May 15. Organisers are encouraging people to book places – and find out about other events that evening – through http://www.kinneil.org.uk/night  

Please note: only the bat walk is bookable other events that evening are free of charge – just turn up.

Free fun events at Kinneil this Friday

A BAT walk, goodie bags, musical entertainment and free tours of a historic house are being lined up for a special open evening this weekend.

Kinneil House and its neighbouring Museum in Bo’ness are both staging special events as part of the Scotland-wide Festival of Museums and the UK’s Museums at Night celebrations.

The A-listed Kinneil House – which boasts fine renaissance wall paintings – will be open for free tours from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday (May 16), with a last admission at 6.30 p.m.

The event will be complemented by an evening opening at Kinneil Museum, in the 17th century building next door. Visitors will be able to claim free goodie bags (subject to availability), try some of the hands on-displays, or even dress up in Roman gear. The Museum will be open from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday.

The evening will end with a free nature walk around the surrounding Kinneil Estate, and a hunt for bats! Bat fans should be ready to leave Kinneil Museum for 8.45 p.m. (Children under 16 must be accompanied by adults, and sadly dogs aren’t allowed in case they scare the bats!)

The Friends of Kinneil charity has been helping to organise the event in association with Falkirk Community Trust, Falkirk Council and Historic Scotland.

Said a spokesman: “It’s the third year we’ve worked with the Trust and partners to open Kinneil Museum at night.

“As an added attraction, we’re giving visitors the chance to also see inside the amazing Kinneil House. Since parts of this old building don’t have electric lights, we’re only doing this for the first hour – so if you want to see the House come along early!

“We’ll also be giving away free goodie bags to adults and children – packed with local information and some great treats. Kinneil Youth Band are also expected to entertain people outside Kinneil Museum around 7 p.m.”

He added: “The new John Muir Way runs through Kinneil. Given the interest in the natural history of the surrounding park, we’ll finish Friday’s event with a nature walk around the estate – and hopefully spotting some bats as dusk falls.

“Full details are on our website – http://www.kinneil.org.uk .

“All the events are free, and there’s no need to book, just turn up.”

The evening event at Kinneil will complement further activities at Callendar House and Park in Falkirk over the weekend. Details at http://www.falkirkcommunitytrust.org/heritage/adventure.aspx or from www.festivalofmuseums.com



1. The Friends of Kinneil was set up in 2006 to promote Kinneil Estate and Foreshore in Bo’ness. The charity organises Kinneil House open days and other events for members and visitors. (No. SC038368) 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: www.falkirkcommunitytrust.org

3.Historic Scotland, which cares for Kinneil House, is an executive agency of the Scottish Government charged with safeguarding the nation’s historic environment. The agency is fully accountable to Scottish Ministers and through them to the Scottish Parliament. For more information visit http://www.historic-scotland.gov.uk. Follow Historic Scotland on Twitter: @welovehistory and Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/visithistoricscotland

4. Images of Kinneil House and Estate are available on request. Email: publicity@kinneil.org.uk   or download directly (free for editorial use) from: http://bit.ly/kinneilpics

5. Kinneil Estate is 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. For satellite navigation devices, use the postcode EH51 0PR.