Bo'ness tourist attraction remains closed

Kinneil House will not be opening its doors for tours in 2021 as it does not meet “operating standards” to keep staff and visitors safe from Covid-19.

Friday, 30th April 2021, 6:00 am
Kinneil House.

Historic Environment Scotland (HES) has opened a number of its venues, including Blackness Castle and Linlithgow Palace, following the easing of coronavirus restrictions, but unfortunately Kinneil House, near Bo’ness, is not one of them.

An HES spokesperson said: “Kinneil House normally only opens for guided tours on selected days throughout the year – usually around 14 days.

"Unfortunately we will not be running tours this year as the space inside the house does not meet our current minimum operating standards to keep staff, volunteers and visitors safe. We will of course be engaging with The Friends of Kinneil to discuss plans for 2022.”

Kinneil Museum, which is operated by Falkirk Community Trust, has re-opened its doors.

Kinneil House was once the principal seat of the Hamilton family in the east of Scotland. It was saved from demolition in 1936 when 16th-century mural paintings were discovered.

The house, which is a category A listed building, consists of a symmetrical mansion built in 1677 on the remains of an earlier 16th or 15th century tower house, with two rows of gunloops for early cannon still visible. A smaller east wing, of the mid 16th century, contains the two painted rooms

The house lies within a public park, which also incorporates a section of the Roman Antonine Wall and the only visible example of an Antonine fortlet available today,

At various weekends throughout the year the house normally opens its doors to the public for guided tours, featuring volunteer guides from the Friends of Kinneil and HES staff.​​​​​​​