Top Scone – Places to Visit

Bo’ness and Kinneil Railway

Bo'ness RailwayThe Stepping On group ventured out on a wild and windy Wednesday in May 2014 to the Bo’ness and Kinneil Railway in Bo’ness, supported by Stepping On volunteer Stephanie.

As the members arrived at the Station, they were welcomed on board by the friendly staff who had put out ramps into the train to accommodate those with mobility problems. Although we didn’t need it, they also provide a wheelchair for visitors.

As the train set off, the group were invited into the main cab of the train and were shown how it worked. This was very popular with everyone, with one member commenting: “I loved seeing how it all worked, it was fascinating. I think it has converted a good few of us to trains, including us women. We were as interested as the men!”

The train offered a spectacular view of Bo’ness beach and the Forth opening out to the sea. The coaches themselves were large and comfy, if a little cold! But as everyone said — it’s an old train, pre central heating and nobody minded too much.

The trip lasted for over an hour and the group were also shown the Steam Train’s Reminiscence boxes whilst on the train, which was appreciated by everyone. After their ride on the train, the group spent some time watching another, smaller steam train cuffing up and down and looking spectacular in the Spring sunshine. Prices include concession rates and were very affordable , ranging from £2, to a concession at £8 and a family ticket (2 adults, 3 children) for £25 (at the time of the visit). Very reasonable for such a lot to see and do.Boness Rail 2

Of course, this was followed by the mandatory trip to a café – the Station Buffet. This cafe, attached to the Steam Railway is spacious and friendly and staff served up a piping hot cuppa for everyone on arrival off the train, to warm them up- they even set up another heater next to our group. The café serves simple homemade lunches at reasonable prices and everyone, to a man, agreed that the homemade soup was outstanding: “A delicious bowl of right good home made soup. I think we all really enjoyed it. Warmed us up a treat!”

Overall, we all thought this trip to the railway was exceptional value for money and a really fabulous day out and would suit any age group at all. As our wonderful bus driver Gordon said: “This is great, I never knew all this was here. I’m coming back with my grandson to see the Thomas the Tank Engine Steam train! I love it!”

Tag: Lunch, Places to Visit
20/05/2014 at 11:40 am

Callendar House Tea Rooms

Situated on the first floor of Callendar House, the Tea room is a large, light and airy space with spectacular views over Callendar Park.

The menu includes light lunches of sandwiches and side salads and a choice of soups, with some wonderful additions from historical recipes, such as “clapshot”. The scones and cakes are particularly good and they offer a wide selection of teas and coffees. Prices are competitive and the location and setting really adds to the atmosphere. It’s a very family friendly place, with a wide range of customers.

Members of our Third Age Befriending group visited and said this:

Olive says: “The chicken sandwiches were delicious. They were presented beautifully on the plate, with lots of mixed salad leaves. There was too much for me to finish. The staff are very friendly, so polite! I’d definitely go back. The prices were reasonable, too.”

Mary thought that: “The soup was lovely, just the right size. What lovely views out to the gardens. It’s a beautiful room. The choice on the menu is great, really nice and you can still get a roll and sausage! Lots of space, as well. I’d really recommend this. Can we come back again?”

Denise said; “Yes, the food was great. The soup was delicious and your scone looked good, Julie! Staff are friendly, too.”

Jacquie said:” This is a nice place to come. It’s ideal for bringing friends to, really nice. I thought the food was excellent and a fair price too. You could spend all day in the house and park and have a great lunch here.”

General marks out of ten saw the Callendar House Tea Rooms score a whopping 9/10. Well done!

Tag: Lunch, Places to Visit, Tea and Cake
22/04/2014 at 12:49 pm