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Street in Bo'ness
Street in Bo'ness
Coordinates 56 ° 1 ′  N , 3 ° 36 ′  W Coordinates: 56 ° 1 ′  N , 3 ° 36 ′  W
Bo'ness (Scotland)
Residents 14,868 2011 census
Post town BO'NESS
ZIP code section EH51
prefix 01506
Part of the country Scotland
Council area Falkirk
British Parliament Linlithgow and East Falkirk
Scottish Parliament Falkirk East

Bo'ness (short for Borrowstounness , Scottish Gaelic Ceann Fhàil ) is a town in the Scottish council area of Falkirk and the traditional county of West Lothian . The port city is located on a headland about 25 km north-northwest of Edinburgh and 11 km east of Falkirk .


At the beginning of the 18th century Bo'ness developed into one of the most important trading ports in Scotland. Among other things, coal was exported there and wood and stone were imported. Local fishing, whaling and shipbuilding also flourished. The port's decline began with the collapse of the tobacco trade and the opening of the Forth and Clyde Canal . From then on, trade shifted to neighboring Grangemouth . With the Bo'ness distillery, Bo'ness was the location of a nationally known whiskey distillery between 1813 and 1925 . Between 1817 and 1842 there was a second, but less successful, distillery. In 2011 Bo'ness had 14,868 inhabitants.


In Bo'ness is the 17th century mansion Kinneil House , which however was never fully completed. The construction goes back to a building that James Hamilton, 1st Lord Hamilton built around 1470.

Parts of the Roman Antonine Wall lie within the urban area. Traces of the Antonine Wall can also be discovered at Carriden House .

There are a total of six monuments from the highest monument category in the city. (See also: List of Category A structures in the Council Area Falkirk )

At the harbor there is also the Scottish Railway Museum of the Scottish Railway Preservation Society. From the Bo'ness train station on the museum grounds, nostalgic trains of the Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway travel over several stops to the Glasgow – Edinburgh via the Falkirk main line.

Web links

Commons : Bo'ness  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. a b Entry in the Gazetteer for Scotland
  2. Entry at
  3. 2011 census
  4. ^ Entry in the Gazetteer for Scotland
  5. ^ Information from the Scottish Railway Preservation Society