The lands of Kinneil Estate were originally granted by King Robert I (the ‘Bruce’) to Walter Fitzgilbert of Hamilton in 1323. The grounds remained in the ownership of the Dukes of Hamilton until1922 when the former Bo’ness Town Council purchased the woodland area and surrounds of Kinneil House under the Public Parks Act, for the general public to have access to the woodland for walks and recreation
Kinneil Museum is located in the 17th century stable block of Kinneil House and acts as an interpretative centre for Kinneil Estate. The exhibition 2,000 Years of History tells the story of the park from Roman times to the present day. Antoninus Pius, St Serf, Mary, Queen of Scots and James Watt are among the many historical characters associated with the estate.
A short walk from the museum takes visitors to the Antonine Wall, awarded World Heritage Site status in July 2008, and Roman fortlet, a medieval Church and the site of the medieval village, Kinneil House and James Watt's cottage.
Kinneil House is the historic home of the Dukes of Hamilton and dates back to the 15th and 16th centuries. Open on selected days throughout the year, guides from The Friends of Kinneil take people through the House and tell its fascinating story. Look out for the rare renaissance wall paintings – said to be the best in Scotland – and the resident ghost.
Popular BBC's Antiques Road Trip show showcased Kinneil House to celebrate the 250th anniversary of James Watt’s Cottage.