Steam train on the Bo'ness and Kinneil Railway
The old railway station at Bo'ness
Scotland Close and Dymock's Building, Bo'ness
Bo'ness
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Far back in the mists of time, when we had the national shortage of letters and surfeit of apostrophes that saw pubs like the Auld Hole In The Wall in Linlithgow shortened to Th' Auld Hole I' Th' Wa', Bo'ness did not go unscathed. For it used to be called Borrowstouness, or some such thing, until someone came along, ripped out a few unnecessary letters, and stuck an apostrophe in there. Personally, I'm not sure why they stopped, because I reckon Bo' has a certain ring to it, as in, 'I'm chist aff tae Bo' my dear.'
In recent years Bo'ness has struggled. It has struggled in the same way that many Scottish towns have done through the decline, and at times loss, of industries like coal-mining and iron-founding. But it's fighting back. For amidst the boarded up shops and pubs there are good things to see, as there are everywhere, if you know where to look. You don't have to look very far in the town, because it's quite small. One of the main things in its favour is that it sits by the wide River Forth, and views from the water's edge are stunning.
The fact that there are also steam trains and old mines under the ground is simply icing on a delightful cake.
STEAM TRAIN AT BO'NESS STATION
THE OLD RAILWAY STATION
SCOTLAND CLOSE, BO'NESS
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How to
GET THERE
You can get a bus to Bo'ness from Linlithgow, which has a direct train service from Edinburgh and Glasgow Queen Street railway stations.
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