A date with the White Lady

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If you’re looking for something a bit different to do for Hallowe’en this weekend a trip to Kinneil House in Bo’ness could be just the ticket.

The mansion, which dates back to the early 1500’s, will be open for free tours on Sunday (October 30) from 1pm to 4 pm (last admission 3.30 pm).

Youngsters are being urged to turn up in fancy dress, and the best-dressed bogle, witch or ghoul (etc) will win a book token.

Volunteers from The Friends of Kinneil charity will be on hand to telling chilling tales about the building’s past, which includes the famous White Lady – who. however, is not guaranteed to put in an appearance for the occasion.

The guides will also reveal how in centuries past local people were tried for witchcraft in the Bo’ness area.

The free open afternoon will be the last chance this year for people to see inside Kinneil House (the centrepiece of Kinneil Estate).

The Friends, in partnership with Historic Environment Scotland, will re-open the building again in Spring 2017 with a new series of open days.

A spokesman for The Friends said: “The old house gets quite spooky at this time of year. In fact, you never know what you might discover!

“Hallowe’en open days are always popular at Kinneil and we’re encouraging folks to come along to enjoy the seasonal fun.

“Children, particularly those in fancy dress, will be very welcome – with a prize for the best-dressed child. However, anyone under 16 must be accompanied by an adult”.

Kinneil Museum – in the grounds of the surrounding Kinneil Estate – will also be open.

The museum features relics dating back to Roman times, as well video displays and hands-on exhibits.

There will also be a pop-up cafe, selling drinks and snacks.

If you haven‘t been before, Kinneil House, Museum and Estate are on the western edge of Bo’ness, just off the A993 (Dean Road) – the main road through Bo’ness.

The postcode for the site is EH51 0PR. For maps, and more information, visit http://www.kinneil.org.uk. You’ll also find updates on social media: http://www.twitter.com/kinneil and www.fb.com/kinneil