Bo’ness: An Edinburgh Commuter Haven

Bo’ness, or Barrowstounness as it is formally known, is a popular commuter hotspot, lying in a convenient coastal location just under 17 miles to the north-west of the city of Edinburgh and just over six and a half miles to the east of Falkirk.

The Central Lowlands area is home to around 14,500 people, and it is famous for its historical links to Roman times. It marks the eastern end of the famous Antonine Wall, and the area’s Kinneil Estate is home to a visible Roman fortlet.

Kinneil House is managed by Historic Scotland and sits amid a public park west of Bo’ness. Its grounds are home to a little house where inventor and mechanical engineer James Watt famously worked on his successor to Thomas Newcomen’s steam engine.

Today Bo’ness is extremely popular with commuters who travel to work in Edinburgh, Falkirk, Glasgow and even further afield. The area is attractive thanks to its many local attractions, educational opportunities and travel links.

Bo’ness has its own secondary school for local youngsters, along with a total of five primary schools. There are also a variety of churches, and it is home to Scotland’s oldest picture house, the Hippodrome Cinema, built in 1912.

Attractions in Bo’ness include the Birkhill Fireclay Mine, the Bo’ness and Kinneil Railway, the Bo’ness Motor Museum and Kinneil House. Other attractions just a short distance away also include Linlithgow Palace, Callendar House in Falkirk, Stirling Castle and Bannockburn’s Wallace Monument.

For younger residents, the town is the home of Bo’ness United junior football club and a host of other sporting teams. It also has its own rugby club and a cycling club which follows in the tracks of local legend Jim Smellie. He was an eleven-time Scottish Cycling Champion, and his trophies can be seen at Kinneil House Museum.

The town is also home to a range of shops and amenities, including a Lidl supermarket. It has a plentiful supply of local pubs and cafes and has its own library, doctors’ surgeries, dentists and opticians.

Local leisure facilities include the Bo’ness Recreation Centre. This boasts a 25-metre six-lane swimming pool, a gym, sporting activities and classes and a busy café.

If you like the idea of living in this historic coastal haven with all its everyday amenities and interesting attractions, or if you have a home to sell in the area, get in touch with the Coulters team today, call 0131 603 7333.


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