Kinneil Museum is four stars for the third time

Kinneil Museum in the grounds of Kinneil House
Kinneil Museum in the grounds of Kinneil House

Kinneil Museum is celebrating this week after being awarded a four-star rating by Visit Scotland for the third time.

The Bo’ness museum’s grading, which is the second highest possible, was confirmed after an incognito visit by Visit Scotland earlier this month by one of the organisation’s quality and tourism advisors.

Hr assessed the information provided on the exhibits, the presentation and cleanliness of the museum inside and outside, the hospitality and friendliness of staff and the standard of signage and car parking.

The inspector also noted that he received a friendly welcome at Kinneil and that the museum “deserves to be better known”.

Now, Falkirk Community Trust which manages the museum say it is thrilled.

Peter Stott, heritage team leader said: “We are delighted to have retained our four-star rating from Visit Scotland in recognition of the excellent visitor experience afforded by Kinneil Museum.

“In 2015, we refurbished the displays in the museum with a grant from Heritage Lottery Fund.

“The re-display was carried out in partnership with the local community and this award is testament to the enthusiasm and commitment to local heritage that underpins that partnership.”

Developed and improved over the past 25 years, Visit Scotland’s Quality Assurance (QA) schemes are world-leading and provide a trusted, independent and impartial source of information for visitors.

They allow businesses not just to meet visitor expectations, but exceed them.

A five-star rating is also available and is the highest possible but it remains a rare achievement.

Kinneil Museum was visited by the Visit Scotland QA team for the first time in 2012 when it was awarded four stars.

It retained this status in 2014 when it was visited again, and has kept up the same level for its latest visit on June 3.

Liz Buchanan, VisitScotland regional director said: “My congratulations go to everyone at Kinneil Museum on maintaining their high standards and once again being awarded a four-star museum grading in this, Scotland’s Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design 2016. A four-star grading is an excellent marketing tool and our QA scheme not only drives standards but also helps businesses reach their full potential and secure their success.

“That in turn delivers great results for tourism and the region’s economy.”