The 200th anniversary of the death of James Watt is being marked by a special event at a place where he worked.

“Watt A Day!” will celebrate the inventor at Kinneil Estate, Bo’ness – home to a surviving James Watt cottage workshop.

Special activities have been lined up in the afternoon of Sunday, August 25  to complement free tours of Kinneil House (home of Watt’s business partner John Roebuck).

Full details about the event are listed below. Please note that you have to pre-book tours at Kinneil House through the Historic Environment Scotland website.


Name of event: Watt a Day!

Summary: Celebrate one of the greatest Scots in history at Kinneil Estate, where he developed his revolutionary invention! Join a guided tour of the historic house, meet Watt in his cottage workshop, explore the park with our scavenger trail and take part in family-friendly games and activities.

Event website: Get more info on Facebook

Date of event: 25 August 2019

Start and finish times: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. (please note that House tours will also run in the morning).

Location: Kinneil Estate, Bo’ness, EH51 0PR

Admission: Free – although guided tours of the house must be booked in advance.

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Telephone number for enquiries: 01324 590900

Access to venue: Kinneil Estate is close to bus stops serving Edinburgh, Falkirk and Linlithgow. Visitors coming by car can park on site near Kinneil House. There are lots of level paths around the Estate, suitable for wheelchairs. People with disabilities can get easy access to the main “Tower” section of the House. There are a few stairs into the neighbouring “Palace” section – and two further floors to visit, accessible by a spiral staircase. Sadly there’s no lift in this historic building. Kinneil Museum – next to the House – has a fully accessible ground floor and toilet and has a ramped access.

Any additional relevant information: For more information discover @greatplacefk on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Organisers: Open days at Kinneil House are hosted by Historic Environment Scotland in partnership with the Friends of Kinneil.

“Watt a Day” activities are organised by Great Place Falkirk, funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. The Great Place partnership is Falkirk Community Trust, Falkirk Council, Scottish Canals and Central Scotland Green Network Trust.