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Kinneil House

15th century tower remodelled by the Earl of Arran

Kinneil House

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 cottage and the boiler of his Newcomen Engine. The House is open on special free open days during the year, organised by Historic Scotland and the charity, The Friends of Kinneil. At other times, the building can only be viewed externally.

Kinneil House - Special Open Days

Historic Environment Scotland has joined forces with The Friends of Kinneil charity to run a series of free open days this year. You’ll get the chance to see inside this impressive mansion, which dates back to the 15th century, and boasts some of the best renaissance wall paintings in Scotland. The open days will take place on:
  • Friday 13 May, 6pm to 7pm
  • Sunday 26 June, 1pm to 4pm
  • Saturday 27 August, 1pm to 4pm
  • Saturday 17 September, 1pm to 4pm
  • Sunday 30 October, 1pm to 4pm

Last admission will be 30 minutes before the stated closing times. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

More information can be found at the Kinneil House website.

Kinneil Museum

Kinneil Museum which is managed by Falkirk Council, is located in the 17th century stable block of Kinneil House.

The museum features the exhibition "2000 years of history" which tells the story of the park from Roman times to the present day. There is also an audio visual show on the history of the area. Admission is free and the museum is open Monday to Saturday afternoons throughout the year.
The line of the Roman Antonine Wall runs through the surrounding Kinneil Estate, and the area is part of the Frontiers of the Roman Empire World Heritage Site. A Roman fortlet can be viewed a short walk to the west of Kinneil House. Details on this and other attractions are available from inside the museum.


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Region – Central and West

Kinneil House is located on the western outskirts of Bo’ness. Off A904 follow signs for Kinneil Museum.

Grid reference - NS 982 805.


Access to Kinneil House

You can view the exterior of Kinneil House - and tour the grounds - all year. However, you can only see inside Kinneil House during special open days.

Access to Kinneil Musuem

The Museum is open all year, normally from 12.30 to 4.00 pm, Monday to Saturday (with additional openings to tie in with Kinneil House open days) Tel 01506 778 530 for additional information on the Museum.

The Museum's ground floor has a ramped access and is disabled accessible. It also features an accessible toilet and baby changing facilities - as well as a small retail area, selling snacks and souvenirs.  

There is also an interactive computer display, allowing people with mobility problems to see the upper floor rooms at Kinneil House.