Bo’ness is a small town in The Lothians. The full name of the town is Borrowstounness but the abbreviated form is almost always used. Previously a traditional mining town, Bo’ness is a commuter town for those working in nearby Edinburgh and further afield. Bo’ness is home to the Scottish Railway Preservation Society and the Bo’ness and Kinneil Steam Railway.
The train station and line in Bo’ness is connected to the national network, however, the line is mostly used for day trips from Bo’ness to the Birkhill Clay Mine and back. There is no regular passenger service. The railway is run by The Scottish Railway Preservation Society (phone: +44 1506 822298).
Bo’ness is fifteen miles from Edinburgh, the main route being the M9 motorway. The exit is junction 3.
The historic town centre can easily be explored by foot. There are also frequent bus services around the town – linking up to neighbouring towns such as Linlithgow (rail station) and Falkirk.
The John Muir Way passes through the town.
- The Scottish Railway exhibition and the Bo’ness and Kinneil Railway.
- 1 The Hippodrome, 10 Hope Street, EH51 0AA. Scotland’s first purpose built cinema, restored and re-opened, showing a range of movies for all tastes.
- 1 Kinneil Estate. Featuring a historic house, a free museum, a Roman fortlet (part of the Antonine Wall) and woodland walks.
- Bo’ness Motor Museum, Bridgeness Road, EH51 9JR, ☎+44 1506 827007. Featuring cars used in the James Bond films.
- 1 Bo’ness Library, Scotland’s Close, ☎+44 1506 778520. Look at the old photographs of the town in the historic library.