More for visitors at Kinneil Halt
The new nature reserve created at Kinneil stretches from Bo’ness Harbour in the east to Snab Lane beside the former colliery in the west. Passengers on the railway can alight at Kinneil Halt by steam or heritage diesel train and be right in the heart of the site which has recently gained Local Nature Reserve status from Scottish Natural Heritage.
The mudflats and “island” off the foreshore are internationally important for seabirds and are already designated as a Special Protection Area for their conservation value.
Councillor Adrian Mahoney, Convener of Leisure, Tourism and Community welcomed the new status for the Kinneil foreshore.
“I’m delighted the site has been formally designated a local nature reserve. At the request of the community, it will be called ‘Kinneil Nature Reserve’ – and hopefully attract even more visitors – and new funding – to this regenerated site in the years to come.”
Councillor Mahoney said he was particularly pleased to see new signage installed at Kinneil Halt – a stopping off point for the Bo’ness and Kinneil Railway, which attracts between 60,000 and 70,000 visitors a year. The line goes right through the nature reserve.
“This hidden gem is only 40 minutes drive from Glasgow and Edinburgh. The staff are really friendly and looked after us as we boarded a beautiful steam train, we saw heritage diesels too. The sights, smells and sounds really took us back in time. After a browse around the excellent Museum of Scottish Railways and a bite to eat in the Station Buffet we all agreed we would recommend it to everyone and we would definitely be back.”
Mr P Gray, Falkirk
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The Scottish Railway Preservation Society
Operators of Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway and Museum of Scottish Railways
Scottish Charity No. SC002375