Kinneil House in Bo’ness – the home of Watt’s Scottish business partner Dr John Roebuck – is opening its doors for a series of free tours in 2019.

The events have been organised by Historic Environment Scotland (HES), with support from The Friends of Kinneil charity. As well as touring the interiors of the House itself, visitors can also see the remains of Watt’s cottage workshop in the grounds.

Kinneil House tours are free – however, you need to book a place in advance through the HES website.

The House is scheduled to be open for free tours on:

  • Friday, August 23, 2019
  • Sunday, August 25, 2019 **
  • Sunday, September 1, 2019 (Hill Climb ticket holders only).
  • Saturday, September 14, 2019
  • Saturday, September 21, 2019
  • Saturday, October 5, 2019
  • Saturday, October 26, 2019
  • Saturday, November 30, 2019
  • Sunday, December 01, 2019

Tours normally start at 10 a.m. with the last tour at 3 p.m.

** Falkirk’s Great Place Project is promising “awesome family-friendly games and activities” at Kinneil on August 25 – the 200th anniversary of Watt’s death. See the project’s Facebook page for details or read our story here.

Other Kinneil open days will tie into other events and festivals.

A spokesperson for Historic Environment Scotland said: “Please be aware that tour bookings are taken offline at midnight the day prior to the tour date. If the date you wish to book has no availability, please contact HES. Staff will tell you if an additional tour can be provided on that date. Please phone 0131 558 9326 or email”


Listen to historian Geoff Bailey talk about James Watt’s Cottage at Kinneil Estate, Bo’ness.

Watt’s workshop at Kinneil, Bo’ness

Discover more about Kinneil and the surrounding area on the Kinneil website.

You can also download a map of local attractions in Bo’ness here.