Once an important seaport and
coal mining centre on the Firth of Forth, the town
of Bo’ness (or Borrowstoness) lies at what was the
eastern end of the Roman Antonine Wall.
Among its attractions is 16th century Kinneil House, rebuilt as the stately home of the Hamilton family.
It was in the grounds of the House that James Watt built his first full-scale Newcomen steam engine in 1769. His ruined cottage still survives.
The Bo’ness area was noted for both the manufacture of salt from seawater.
The Bo’ness and Kinneil steam railway is a major tourist attraction.