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Linlithgow rangers put a spring in your step

8 April 2008

The Ranger Service at Linlithgow Peel are offering to put a spring into visitors’ steps with a special historical walk. The Spring Railway Trip and Walk is on Saturday 12 April, with walks taking place at 12.10 and 13.40.

The walk will begin with a short train ride from Bo’ness train station, calling in at Kinneil House. The impressive Kinneil House is set in a public park and the grounds contain the ruins of James Watt’s workshop and the boiler of one of his steam engines. From there the walk takes in the sights of the Antonine Wall and the Kinneil nature reserve, which has a large network of paths and forest trails that are great fun to explore.

The walk will take in the sights and sound of the countryside, noting historical points of interest and all things to do with nature, including the notable wildlife, trees and plant life.

Ian Lewis, Linlithgow Peel Ranger, said;

“Our nature walks are always very popular. It’s a chance for visitors to gain a little insight into the surrounding countryside by discovering interesting facts they never knew before. It’s a chance for visitors to escape the pace of their everyday day lives and appreciate the historical and natural world in their local environment.”

There are two walks taking place on 12 April; one from 12.10 to 14.45 and one from 13.40 to 17.00. This event is suitable for adults and older children. The cost is £1 per person and booking is essential by calling 01506 842 065. Visitors are asked to meet at Bo’ness train station and are encouraged to wear suitable shoes and clothing.

Notes for editors

  • Kinneil House is set in a public park. The oldest part of the house is a 15th-century tower remodelled by the Earl of Arran between 1546 and 1550 and transformed into a stately home for the dukes of Hamilton in the 1660s. The grounds contain the ruins of James Watt’s workshop and the boiler of one of his engines.

  • Historic Scotland has 345 outstanding historic properties and sites in its care. These include some of the leading tourism attractions in the country, including Edinburgh, Stirling, and Urquhart castles, Fort George, Linlithgow Palace, the Border Abbeys and Skara Brae.

  • Historic Scotland’s mission is to safeguard Scotland’s historic environment and to promote its understanding and enjoyment.

For further information

Laura Adamson
PR Executive
Marketing and Media
0131 668 8959 or 07769 630 763