When we told the children we were heading to Scotland, the oldest two said they wanted to go on a train whilst we were away, I was therefore pleased to see that the Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway wasn’t too far at all from where we were staying, Happily the steam trains were running whilst we were there so we packed a picnic and set off for the day.
I think this was my favourite day of the holiday; all three children were on good form and the railway and the train journey was fantastic. We purchased our tickets, had a look at the engine then found a carriage with spaces for us. The journey itself was a good length and once you get to the end of the line you disembark as the engine uncouples and goes to the other end to pull the train back.
The journey is lovely and relaxed and there are points at which you can leave the train and take a walk. There are also leaflets available which point out some of the things you can see as you journey along the line.
Once we had returned to the main station, we had our picnic then went to have a look at the museum. This is a short walk away and is well worth a visit. There’s a lot to see and do in there and plenty to keep children interested and engaged – the post sorting train was the highlight here for Daniel and Emma!
On the way back to the station we did the brass rubbing trail which was lots of fun and provided a nice souvenir for the children to stick in to their holiday memories book.
I thought this was really good value at £10 per adult and £6 for Daniel, Emma and Harry were free as they’re under five. We spent the full day here and it’s somewhere I would definitely head back to again with the children.