The port of Bo'ness on the River Forth estuary was originally called Borrowstounness, but this was evidently too much of a mouthful and its nickname took precedence.
The town prospered on the iron and coal industry, and its excellent transport links by sea and rail, as evidenced by some fine Victorian civic buildings.This industrial heritage is celebrated today in attractions such as the Bo'ness and Kinneil Railway, which run steam trains on a renovated line. The railway is operated by the Scottish Railway Preservation Society who also run the Scottish Railway Exhibition next to the station. The railway also runs trips to the Birkhill Clay Mine, where visitors can experience life underground as it was for the miners.
The history of Bo'ness can be explored in more detail at the Kinneil Museum, set in the estate of the beautiful and imposing 15th century Kinneil House. A link to the industrial revolution survives here, the cottage where James Watt worked to improve the newly invented steam engine.
West to explore Falkirk, then to Stirling to explore its history.
Towns Near Bo'ness To Visit - straight line distance:Linlithgow (2.77 miles) Culross (2.78 miles) Falkirk (6.83 miles) Dunfermline (6.93 miles)
Boness and Kinneil Railway Nostalgic train journeys on restored locomotives and museum of Scottish railways.
Kinneil House and Estate Imposing 15th century tower house and museum set in a beautiful estate.