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.
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 and Kinneil Railway, whose steam trains run for 3 miles (5 km) from Bo'ness to Birkhill.
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 Museum, The Hippodrome, Scotland’s oldest cinema, Bo’ness Motor Museum 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'. Scotland’s largest railway museum, is also on site, with three large buildings full of wonders - from full-size locomotives to old fashioned railway signs. Get hands on and discover railway history through fun interactive displays, Find more Bo'ness attractions on the 'Unlock the Secrets of Bo'ness' map.
The historic town centre has some lovely hidden gems from quirky bookshops and independent boutiques, to traditional fish and chip shops and ice cream parlours, so make sure you stop and take a look. Bo'ness 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.
Hear from the locals as they guide you through the area with three guides to enjoy. Follow the links below and download the guides for free.