heritage, tourism

Hundreds visit Kinneil

More than 200 people flocked to historic Kinneil House in Bo’ness on Saturday.

The A-listed mansion provided free access for four hours as part of an open afternoon, run by Historic Scotland and volunteers from the charity The Friends of Kinneil. A Friends spokesman said: “The House is only open a few times a year, so many people took the opportunity to come along and find out more about Kinneil’s rich history.”

Saturday’s event tied in with the celebrations for the 100th Bo’ness Fair. Kinneil House was one of the original venues for the children’s festival.

The House – built by the Dukes of Hamilton – boasts an impressive history, with ties to Mary, Queen of Scots, James Watt and the philosopher Dugald Stewart. It also has some of the best renaissance wall paintings in Scotland.

Two further free open days are planned this year, September 21 and November 1. For full details, and to find out more about the House and Kinneil, visit http://www.kinneil.org.uk

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