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Bo'ness

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Bo'ness is a coastal town on the south bank of the Firth of Forth, 16 miles (27 km) north west of Edinburgh and 6 miles (10 km) east of Falkirk.

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The first mention of a settlement where Bo’ness, or Borrowstounness, stands can be traced back to Roman times when, it is believed, it formed the eastern end of the Antonine Wall, the northernmost border of the Roman Empire. Traces of it still run through the centre of the town, known locally as Graham’s Dyke.

From the early 18th century, the town established a reputation as one of Scotland's major ports and a centre of heavy industry. Glimpses of this industrial past can be seen on the preserved Bo'ness-Kinneil Railway, whose steam trains run for 3 miles (5 km) from Bo'ness to Birkhill Clay Mine where visitors are taken on guided tours of the underground workings.

Major attractions in the area include Blackness Castle, an impressive stronghold on the Firth of Forth coastline to the west of the town, Kinneil House and the Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway which offers steam train rides and special themed days such as their ever popular 'Thomas the Tank Engine Days'.

The town is ideally situated to reach attractions in nearby Falkirk such as the Falkirk Wheel, Callendar House and the Kelpies as well as the city of Edinburgh.

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The first mention of a settlement where Bo’ness, or Borrowstounness, stands can be traced back to Roman times when, it is believed, it formed the eastern end of the Antonine Wall, the northernmost border of the Roman Empire. Traces of it still run through the centre of the town, known locally as Graham’s Dyke.

From the early 18th century, the town established a reputation as one of Scotland's major ports and a centre of heavy industry. Glimpses of this industrial past can be seen on the preserved Bo'ness-Kinneil Railway, whose steam trains run for 3 miles (5 km) from Bo'ness to Birkhill Clay Mine where visitors are taken on guided tours of the underground workings.

Major attractions in the area include Blackness Castle, an impressive stronghold on the Firth of Forth coastline to the west of the town, Kinneil House and the Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway which offers steam train rides and special themed days such as their ever popular 'Thomas the Tank Engine Days'.

The town is ideally situated to reach attractions in nearby Falkirk such as the Falkirk Wheel, Callendar House and the Kelpies as well as the city of Edinburgh.

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