Open house at Kinneil

Kinneil House interior
Kinneil House interior

Historic Kinneil House in Bo’ness will come alive to the sound of music this weekend in a special open day.

The imposing mansion – which boasts some of the best Renaissance wall paintings in Scotland – will be opening its doors for free tours on Saturday afternoon.

Musicians will be on hand to help visitors step back in time, playing music from the 16th to 18th centuries.

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

Visitors can see inside from noon until 3pm on Saturday with the last admission at 2.30pm.

Adrian Mahoney from The Friends of Kinneil said: “We’re looking forward to welcoming two talented musicians to Kinneil House on Saturday.

“Andrew Burnside plays mandolin and Enid Forsyth plays the harp. Together, as the duo Linkwood, they’ll be entertaining visitors. It should create a wonderful atmosphere.”

Said Adrian: “Kinneil House was used an early backdrop for the Bo’ness Children’s Fair.

‘‘With the flags and banners up for this year’s festival, we thought it was a good time to re-open this wonderful building to visitors. We hope lots of people will come along to tour the house, see its wonderful painted rooms and listen to great music. Best of all, admission is completely free.”