Follow in the footsteps of Scots queen

National Museums Scotland'Mary, Queen of Scots
National Museums Scotland'Mary, Queen of Scots

Kinneil House in Bo’ness, one of the most historic buildings in Falkirk district, is open for free tours this Sunday (August 31).

The property, which has links to Mary, Queen of Scots and the inventor James Watt, will open its doors from noon to 3pm.

The event has been organised by the charity The Friends of Kinneil in association with Historic Scotland.

And the neighbouring Kinneil Museum, run by Falkirk Community Trust, will also be open.

Kinneil boasts some of the best Renaissance wall paintings in Scotland, and was once home to the powerful Hamilton family. It became a stately home in the 1660s.

A spokesman for The Friends of Kinneil said: “Volunteer guides will take people through part of the house and explain its fascinating history.

“Trains will also be running at the Bo’ness and Kinneil Railway this weekend, allowing history fans to visit the Railway – get off at Kinneil Halt – and then walk up to the House for a tour.”

The House is just a short drive from Helix Park and the Kelpies so visitors could visit modern icons too!