A chance to glimpse medieval artwork

Ian Scott.
Ian Scott.

Kinneil House in Bo’ness - which boasts some of the best renaissance wall paintings in Scotland - is open for free tours this Saturday (June 27).

Historian Ian Scott will also be on hand to give free walking tours around the surrounding Kinneil Estate.

The parkland boasts the remains of a Roman fortlet, part of the Antonine Wall; the ruins of a medieval church; plus a cottage workshop once used by inventor James Watt.

Saturday’s house and estate tours have been organised by The Friends of Kinneil in association with Historic Scotland and Falkirk Community Trust.

The House will be open from noon-3pm (last admission 2.30pm).

Mr Scott’s tours will leave Kinneil Museum at 1pm and 3pm. The museum will also be open to visitors. Full details are available at www.kinneil.org.uk

The open afternoon has been arranged to tie in with today’s Bo’ness Children’s Fair Festival.

Maria Ford from The Friends of Kinneil said: “Kinneil House was an early location for the Fair, so it seems an appropriate time to stage a free open day.

“Visitors will be able to see the stunning wall paintings inside Kinneil House on Saturday afternoon.

‘‘Volunteer guides will be on hand to give lots of information and tell people about this wonderful mansion and it’s amazing history.

“We’re also delighted that Ian Scott from Falkirk Local History Society has agreed to take people around the grounds, and show them the wider estate.

“There’s no need to book the House tours or the walks around the Estate - just turn up.”

Children under 16 must be accompanied.

Kinneil Museum will also be open, allowing people to see its revamped displays and a film about the Bo’ness Fair.

“I hope lots of people come along to Kinneil on Saturday - and have a great, free day out,’’ added Maria.