Picture palace opens doors

Kinneil House
Kinneil House

Historic Kinneil House in Bo’ness – which boasts some of the best renaissance wall paintings in Scotland – is opening its doors for free tours on Saturday, March 21, from 10am to noon.

The event has been organised to tie in with the Hippodrome Festival of Silent Cinema, taking place in the town the same weekend.

Visitors will be able to tour the “palace” section of Kinneil House and its amazing painted rooms, as well as view an exhibition from Falkirk Community Trust on local cinemas.

The event has been organised by Historic Scotland and the charity The Friends of Kinneil.

A Friends spokesman said: “Lots of people visit Bo’ness for the film festival so we wanted to ensure they could visit Kinneil House too.”

Visitors should note that the House is only open on the morning of March 21, with the last admission at 11.30am.

However, the charity said it would be staging other open events during the year and these additional dates will be confirmed within the next few weeks.

The House, in Kinneil Estate, was once home to the powerful Hamilton family. It was saved from demolition in 1936 when 16th-century mural paintings were discovered.

It is now in the care of Historic Scotland. It sits within a public park which also incorporates a section of the Roman Antonine Wall.

To find out more visit www.kinneil.org.uk or keep in touch via Twitter @Kinneil.

For film festival details, click: www.hippfest.co.uk