Posted by: ed | April 24, 2017

Visitors pick up John Muir Way prizes

20170413_140633Thanks to everyone who entered our free draw for John Muir Way guidebooks at Kinneil House on Sunday.

We had two outright winners, each picking up a Rucksack Readers’ booklet worth £11.99.

Congratulations to Maureen Blake, who’s based near Haddington, and Ann-Marie Naismith, from Carronshore.

We’re posting your prizes to you.

We also gave away six John Muir Way maps to runners-up. These are winging their way to Charles Colliar, Grangemouth; Carine Freeman, Bo’ness; David Bishop, Falkirk; Isabel Glen, Linlithgow; Gareth Linden, Bo’ness; and Ruth Dixon in Linlithgow.

Keep visiting our social media pages at www.fb.com/kinneil and www.twitter.com/kinneil for more Kinneil updates and occasional competitions!

** We also gave away additional guidebooks to walkers taking part in the John Muir Way walk on Saturday.

Posted by: ed | April 17, 2017

Discover the Duchess at Kinneil this Sunday

3kinneilhouseinsummer-rgb-300dpi.jpgA costumed interpreter will entertain crowds at historic Kinneil House in Bo’ness this Sunday (April 23, 2017).

There will also be free tours of the mansion between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. (last admission 3.30 p.m.) The property, the centrepiece of Kinneil Estate, boasts some of the best renaissance wall paintings in Scotland.

The open afternoon has been organised by the charities The Friends of Kinneil and Historic Environment Scotland.

The costumed interpreter will tell visitors about Anne, the 3rd Duchess of Hamilton – one of the key people involved in the development of Kinneil House.

Adrian Mahoney from The Friends of Kinneil said: “We hope lots of people will come along to the House on Sunday afternoon.

“Our volunteers will be on hand to tell the building’s fascinating story and show off the wonderful wall paintings. We’re also allowing people to see more of the building in 2017 – so if you’ve been before, come back and see areas previously not open to the public.

“With the support of Historic Environment Scotland, a costumed interpreter has been organised to tell visitors about Anne, Duchess of Hamilton. She’ll be performing throughout the afternoon – and we’re sure her visit will prove popular with visitors. Doors open at 1 p.m. Please note the last admission is 3.30 p.m. – so don’t be late. Neighbouring Kinneil Museum will also be open.

“Best of all, admission to the House and the Museum – and to see the costumed interpreter – is free of charge. You don’t need to book, just turn up – although children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.”

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Anne, 3rd Duchess of Hamilton, was an impressive and influential character. She and her husband William were responsible for the major expansion of Kinneil House in the late 17th century. This saw the original 15th century tower house adjoined to the nearby palace building by means of one of two decorative towers, flanking the original tower house.

Sunday’s open day is one of a series of events taking place this week along the John Muir Way, which runs 134 miles across Scotland (and right past the House).

The coast-to-coast version of the Way was officially launched three years ago and brings many visitors to Kinneil Estate and the wider Falkirk Council area.

Amy Mack, Regional Tourism and Community Manager for Historic Environment Scotland, said: “Although you can tour the grounds of Kinneil House throughout the year, you can only see inside the building on special open days. We hope that families from across Scotland – and further afield – will pay a visit to Kinneil this year.”

Other Kinneil House open days will take place on:

  • Friday, May 19, 2017 (6 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.);
  • Sunday, May 21, 2017 (1 p.m. to 4 p.m.);
  • Sunday, June 25, 2017 (1 p.m. to 4 p.m.);
  • Sunday, August 27, 2017 (1 p.m. to 4 p.m.);
  • Saturday, September 16, 2017 (1 p.m. to 4 p.m.); and
  • Sunday, October 29, 2017 (1 p.m. to 4 p.m.).

The last admission is 30 minutes before the stated closing times.

For more information on open days click http://www.kinneil.org.uk or pick up a leaflet from libraries and local tourist attractions in the Falkirk Council area.

History fans can also keep in touch with updates through social media at www.facebook.com/kinneil and www.twitter.com/kinneil

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NOTES TO EDITORS:

  1. The Friends of Kinneil was set up in 2006 to promote Kinneil Estate and Nature Reserve in Bo’ness. The charity organises Kinneil House open days and other events for members and visitors. (No. SC038368). The group won a Scottish Heritage Angel Award last year. To find out more, visit http://www.kinneil.org.uk
  2. Falkirk Community Trust manages Kinneil Museum and the surrounding Kinneil Estate on behalf of Falkirk Council. Find out more at falkirkcommunitytrust.org
  3. Historic Scotland and RCAHMS came together in 2015 to form a new lead public body charged with caring for, protecting and promoting the historic environment. The new body, Historic Environment Scotland (HES), leads on delivering Scotland’s first strategy for the historic environment, Our Place in Time. The body cares for Kinneil House using the existing Historic Scotland brand. Historic Environment Scotland is a registered Scottish Charity. Scottish Charity No. SC045925. You can keep up to date with news from Historic Environment Scotland and register for media release email alerts at https://www.historicenvironment.scot/about-us/news/
  4. For image requests, email: info@kinneil.org.uk
  5. Kinneil House and Estate are on the western edge of Bo’ness in central Scotland, just off the A904 and A993, and are part of the Frontiers of The Roman Empire World Heritage Site. The John Muir Way also runs through the site. For satellite navigation devices, use the postcode EH51 0PR.
  6. Media enquiries: tel. 01506 823714 or 01506 510629; email: info@kinneil.org.uk . More contact details at kinneil.org.uk/friends
Posted by: ed | April 13, 2017

Great events on the John Muir Way at Kinneil

2017 JMC logo COLOUR portrait eps v2 100317Walkers and history fans are being urged to explore the John Muir Way this April, with a series of events across the 134-mile route.

In Bo’ness, there’s a walk from Kinneil to Blackness Castle and back. There will also be a free open day at Kinneil House, with a costumed interpreter organised to take people back to the 17th century.

The events are being held around the birthday of John Muir, the Scots naturalist and explorer, who was born on April 21, 1838.

They also coincide with the third anniversary of the opening of the coast-to-coast John Muir Way, which launched in 2014, and which runs through the Bo’ness and Kinneil areas.

The Friends of Kinneil charity has organised a “Walk along the Way” on Saturday, April 22. The guided walk will take in Kinneil Nature Reserve and the stunning views along the Forth from Carriden and Blackness beaches. The trek (six miles each way, a total of 12 miles round trip) will leave from outside Kinneil House/Museum at 1 p.m. on April 22. There’s no need to book, although children must be accompanied.

For more information, click www.kinneil.org.uk/walktheway2017

Friends volunteers are also teaming up with Historic Environment Scotland to run a free open day at Kinneil House the following day – on Sunday, April 23. There will be free tours around the mansion from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. (last admission 3.30 p.m.) A costumed interpreter will also be on hand to tell visitors about Anne, 3rd Duchess of Hamilton, one of the building’s best known residents, who was instrumental in developing the imposing House and its stunning Estate.

Kinneil Museum will also be open.

Please note that Kinneil House will only be open for the Sunday event.

Other John Muir events are also taking place around the country. See www.discoverjohnmuir.com/muir-events for details.

WIN A FREE GUIDEBOOK

At both the walk and open day, The Friends will be running free draws for copies of the John Muir Way guidebook, produced by Rucksack Readers. We have four copies, worth £11.99 each, to give away. To be in with a chance of winning a copy, come along to either event – or both! Thanks to Central Scotland Green Network and John Muir Way partners for their support.

For updates, see social media at www.facebook.com/kinneil and www.twitter.com/kinneil

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You can walk along the John Muir Way with The Friends of Kinneil on April 22. More at www.kinneil.org.uk/walktheway

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See inside Kinneil House and meet a Duchess at the open day on April 23. More on Kinneil open days at www.kinneil.org.uk/2017opendays  and www.kinneil.org.uk/duchessday 

Posted by: ed | April 2, 2017

See inside Kinneil House on April 23

Historic Kinneil House in Bo’ness is open for free tours between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 23 (last admission 3.30 p.m.)

A costumed interpreter will be on hand to tell visitors about Anne, the 3rd Duchess of Hamilton – one of the people who lived at the House.

Kinneil Museum will also be open.

For more information, please visit www.kinneil.org.uk/2017opendays

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Posted by: ed | April 2, 2017

Walk the Way on April 22

IMG_6988Walkers are being encouraged to explore the John Muir Way this April with a 12 mile round-trip walk between two historic buildings.

The Friends of Kinneil charity is leading a walk from historic Kinneil House in Bo’ness to imposing Blackness Castle (and back).

The trek – six miles each way – will leave from outside Kinneil Museum (beside Kinneil House) at 1.00 p.m. on Saturday, April 22, 2017. (The museum will be open from 12.30 p.m.)

A spokesperson said: “The event has been organised to co-incide with the third anniversary of the opening of the John Muir Way, the coast-to-coast route which runs past both buildings.

“This is a great opportunity to explore a fantastic part of route. We’ll leave Kinneil around 1.00 p.m. and then walk along the route through Kinneil Nature Reserve, and then past the historic Bo’ness Harbour.

“We’ll continue along new paths at Bridgeness to the beach at Carriden, through the woodland and onto the new John Muir Way path leading to Blackness. It’s about six miles to Blackness and should take two hours or so.

“After a stop at Blackness Castle for food and toilets, we’ll then walk back to Bo’ness, back along the same route. The whole walk should take around 4-5 hours in total. Walkers are encouraged to wear comfortable walking shoes and take a drink and snack with them.

“Children are welcome but should be accompanied by an adult. Sadly, walkers can’t bring dogs.

“There’s no need to book your place, just turn up. Join us for all of the walk, or part of it.”

For directions to Kinneil Museum, use the postcode EH51 0PR. Map: http://j.mp/1RXF9rM

** Walkers wanting a shorter walk can join the trek from just off Boundary Street, Bo’ness. If you want to join the walk from Boundary Street, be at the grey Community Safety Cabin for between 1.30 p.m. and 1.45 on April 22 to make sure you don’t miss the first walkers! This shorter walk works outroughlyhtly 4 miles each way (Boundary Street to Blackness), a total of eight miles round trip.

The postcode for Boundary Street is EH51 9NR. Map: http://j.mp/1RXF4Em

** For more details, email: info@kinneil.org.uk or call 01506 823714

Please note that Kinneil House will NOT be open for tours on the walk day – Saturday, April 22, 2017. However, the House will be open the following day, on Sunday, April 23, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

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Posted by: ed | March 27, 2017

Orchard event at Kinneil on April 1

apples2.jpgA VOLUNTEER event is being run at the new Kinneil orchard – located right behind Kinneil Museum in Bo’ness.

The event takes place between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. this Saturday, April 1. Anyone interested in finding out more about the orchard and helping out should come along.

The event has been organised by Falkirk Community Trust with the support of The Friends of Kinneil.

Ian Shearer from The Friends said: “If you are free on Saturday 1st April between 11am and 1pm why not pop round to the back of Kinneil Museum and find out more?

“We’ll be checking the trees to make sure they are healthy, putting down mulch mats to protect against weeds and carrying out some very light pruning.

“The activity is free and suitable for everyone aged six and above. Please wear sensible outdoor clothing and shoes.

“Feel free to pass this on to anyone else who you think may be interested.”

More on the event is on Facebook. Feel free to share the links.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1860580320876775/

https://www.facebook.com/kinneil

Ian added: “!Thanks to everyone for their support, and look forward to seeing some of you there.”

kinneilposter2017-picturedHistoric Kinneil House in Bo’ness will be open for free tours this Saturday morning (March 25, 2017).

The mansion, within Kinneil Estate, boasts some of the best renaissance wall paintings in Scotland. Visitors will be able to tour part of the building from 10 a.m. until noon (last admission 11.30 a.m.)

Neighbouring Kinneil Museum will also be open.

The event is part of a series of open days organised by the charities The Friends of Kinneil and Historic Environment Scotland.

A Friends spokesman said: “Saturday’s event has been organised to tie in with the Hippodrome Silent Film Festival, which is taking place in Bo’ness this week. We’ll be showing movies in Kinneil Museum and providing information on the festival.”

He added: “Admission to Kinneil House is free of charge. For 2017, we’re allowing public access to more parts of the building – including areas previously closed to the public. There’s no need to book a tour, just up – although children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.”

Please note the House will only be open on the morning of Saturday, March 25, 2017.

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/kinneil and www.twitter.com/kinneil

For directions to Kinneil House, Museum and Estate, visit our Map page.

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Posted by: ed | March 20, 2017

Tweet your support for Kinneil

Twitter_logo_blue.pngThe 2017 season of free open events at Kinneil House in Bo’ness is getting underway. Help us spread the word.

See www.kinneil.org.uk/2017opendays for details.

If you can, please help us share information about these free open days. Just copy any of the social media posts below and post on your Facebook and Twitter pages – or feel free to share this email with friends, colleagues or customers.

You can also print off and display our 2017 poster here:
http://j.mp/kinneil2017poster-hr

Thank you
THE FRIENDS OF KINNEIL

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SUGGESTED TWEETS

2017 open days at Kinneil House, Bo’ness. Get all the info! www.kinneil.org.uk/2017opendays  @kinneil @welovehistory

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Love history? Check out free open days at Kinneil House, Bo’ness.www.kinneil.org.uk/2017opendays  @kinneil @welovehistory

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Support The Friends of Kinneil online. Like them at www.facebook.com/kinneil  or follow @Kinneil on Twitter. Thank you.

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Visit Kinneil House and Museum in 2017.  www.kinneil.org.uk & www.falkirkcommunitytrust.org/heritage @FCTrust @Kinneil

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Visit historic Bo’ness in central Scotland. Lots to see and do. www.kinneil.org.uk/bonet

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ADD PICTURES TO YOUR POSTS

(You can also add a picture to your posts. Just click the links below (and right click “save as” to save to your desktop and then upload to your favourite social media site.)

http://j.mp/kin-webposter

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You’ll also find other pics you can use free – for editorial / non-profit – use at http://j.mp/kin-pics 

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OTHER WAYS TO HELP:  DOWNLOAD AND DISPLAY OUR 2017 POSTER

Click:   http://j.mp/kinneil2017poster-hr  (hi-res PDF to print out)

GIVE AWAY PAPER COPIES OF OUR 2017 LEAFLET

If you’d like copies of our 2017 leaflet to give away from your
business premises or local church or community centre, just email us:
mailto:info@kinneil.org.uk     (and we’ll try to get leaflets to you).

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MORE DETAILS

Visit http://www.facebook.com/kinneil  or
http://www.twitter.com/kinneil .

 

Posted by: ed | March 6, 2017

See more of Kinneil House in 2017

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  • ‘Hidden’ parts of historic mansion put on public display
  • Free tours on offer from March 25, 2017

Visitors are being given the chance to explore more of historic Kinneil House in Bo’ness.

As part of Year of History Heritage and Archaeology 2017, parts of the 16th-century mansion that are normally closed to the public will be put on display in a new series of free open days, starting later this month.

The events have been organised by the charities Historic Environment Scotland and The Friends of Kinneil.

The House, once home to the Dukes of Hamilton, boasts some of the best renaissance wall paintings in Scotland.

For the 2017 season, visitors will get the opportunity to explore the roofless section of the “palace” part of the House. Later in the year, the public will gain access to view the main “tower” section too.

Adrian Mahoney from The Friends said: “Historic Environment Scotland have been carrying out works to allow us to show off more of the interiors of this amazing building. If you’ve been before, come back and see these ‘new’ sections in 2017.”

In total, eight free open events have been organised for the year. These will take place on:

The last admission will be 30 minutes before the stated closing times.

Adrian said: “These events give people the chance to see the inside of this amazing building and hear more about its stories from our team of volunteer guides. Admission to the House is free of charge. Kinneil Museum, next to the House, will also be open during each of the open events.”

The Kinneil House open days have been programmed to tie in with national and local events.

The first event on March 25 has been organised to tie with the Hippodrome Silent Film Festival – http://www.hippfest.co.uk – running at the nearby Bo’ness Hippodrome, Scotland’s first purpose-built cinema.

“With lots of visitors coming to the town for the Festival, we thought it was a good idea to open Kinneil House at the same time. The March 25 morning opening will allow Festival-goers the chance to have a quick tour of this wonderful building and then go to the movies later in the day. Like the Hippodrome, Kinneil House is an A-listed building and a magnificent place to visit,” said Adrian.

The April 23 open day takes place during the third anniversary of the opening of the John Muir Way, a long-distance walking route which runs right past the House.

For the Scottish Festival of Museums and the UK’s Museums at Night celebrations in May,  Kinneil House will be opening at night – on Friday, May 19. There will also be an evening opening at Kinneil Museum next door – and a bat hunt in the grounds of the big house.

A second Festival of Museums event will be held on Sunday, May 21.

June will see Bo’ness get dressed up for its annual Children’s Fair Festival. Kinneil House – an early location for the festival – will open the Sunday before the Fair, on June 25. There will also be an additional opening on Sunday, August 27, with performances from renaissance singers The Gargoyles of Gargunnock.

In September, the House – and its wider estate – will be the focus for Big Roman Week, a festival celebrating Falkirk district’s Roman roots. A full programme of events will be revealed later this summer.

The 2017 programme will end with a Hallowe’en themed opening at Kinneil House on Sunday, October 29, where visitors will hear spooky stories about the House’s past.

Amy Mack, Regional Tourism and Community Manager for Historic Environment Scotland, said: “We’re looking forward to the new season at Kinneil – particularly as we can show more of the interiors of the House to visitors. Initially, we’ll be providing extra access to roofless parts of the ‘palace’ part of the House. All going well, we’ll also open up a viewing platform within the main ‘tower’ section later this year.

“As ever, the House tours are free of charge and will offer a variety of experiences throughout the year. Look out for costumed interpreters, themed events and walks in the grounds.”

She added: “Although you can tour the grounds of Kinneil House throughout the year, you can only see inside the building on these special open days. We hope that families from across Scotland – and further afield – will pay a visit to Kinneil this year.”

Falkirk Community Trust is opening Kinneil Museum at additional times to tie in with Kinneil House open events.

For more information on open days click http://www.kinneil.org.uk or pick up a leaflet from libraries and local tourist attractions in the Falkirk Council area.

History fans can also keep in touch with updates through social media at www.facebook.com/kinneil and www.twitter.com/kinneil

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NOTES TO EDITORS:

  1. The Friends of Kinneil was set up in 2006 to promote Kinneil Estate and Nature Reserve in Bo’ness. The charity organises Kinneil House open days and other events for members and visitors. (No. SC038368). The group won a Scottish Heritage Angel Award last year. To find out more, visit http://www.kinneil.org.uk
  2. Falkirk Community Trust manages Kinneil Museum and the surrounding Kinneil Estate on behalf of Falkirk Council. It also operates the Hippodrome Cinema in Bo’ness town centre and runs the Hippodrome Silent Film Festival (running this year from Wednesday, March 22 to Sunday, March 26, 2017). Find out more at www.falkirkcommunitytrust.org  – or go directly to the Festival page: www.hippfest.co.uk
  3. Historic Scotland and RCAHMS came together in 2015 to form a new lead public body charged with caring for, protecting and promoting the historic environment. The new body, Historic Environment Scotland (HES), leads on delivering Scotland’s first strategy for the historic environment, Our Place in Time. The body cares for Kinneil House using the existing Historic Scotland brand. Historic Environment Scotland is a registered Scottish Charity. Scottish Charity No. SC045925. You can keep up to date with news from Historic Environment Scotland and register for media release email alerts at https://www.historicenvironment.scot/about-us/news/
  4. Images of Kinneil House and Estate are available on request. Email: info@kinneil.org.uk
  5. Kinneil House and Estate are on the western edge of Bo’ness in central Scotland, just off the A904 and A993, and are part of the Frontiers of The Roman Empire World Heritage Site. The John Muir Way also runs through the site. For satellite navigation devices, use the postcode EH51 0PR.
  6. Media enquiries: tel. 01506 823714 or 01506 510629; email: info@kinneil.org.uk . More contact details at kinneil.org.uk/friends
  7. Download the 2017 poster here (low-res)
  8. Download the 2017 poster in hi-res format here
Posted by: ed | February 21, 2017

See inside Kinneil House on March 25

kinneilhouse-boness-interior-arbour-room_thumb.jpgThe 2017 season of free open days at Kinneil House in Bo’ness kicks off on  Saturday, March 25.

The mansion will be open from 10 a.m. to noon, with the last admission at 11.30 a.m. There’s no need to book, just turn up. Neighbouring Kinneil Museum will also be open.

The House boasts some of the best renaissance wall paintings in Scotland.

Please note the March 25 event is a morning only affair at the House; although the neighbouring museum will be open until 4 p.m.

The event has been organised to coincide with the Hippodrome Silent Film Festival taking place in the town the same week.

To find out more, visit www.hippfest.co.uk

Dates for other open days at Kinneil are listed here.

Get directions to Kinneil House, Museum and Estate here

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