Doors ready to spring open at historic house

AN historic house in the Lothians is to throw open its doors to members of the public later this month.

Kinneil House in Bo'ness houses one of the finest collections of Renaissance wall paintings in Scotland.

The house, which dominates the Kinneil Estate, dates back to the 15th century and was once home to the Dukes of Hamilton.

It is to provide free access to visitors on the weekend of April 21 and 22, after the free weekend was organised by The Friends of Kinneil.

Adrien Mahoney, chairman of The Friends of Kinneil, said: "Our members have been working closely with Historic Scotland to provide additional access to Kinneil House and to make people more aware of its fascinating history.

"We think this is the first time in many years that the house has been open in the spring and we hope people will pay a visit."

The building was re-modelled in the 1540s and transformed into a stately home in the 1660s.

In the early part of the 20th century the house and estate was sold to Bo'ness Town Council and is now cared for by Historic Scotland.

The free weekend was designed to coincide with Historic Scotland's national free weekend, now in its second year.