Bo'ness Real Ale Appreciation Society

Thursday, 13 August 2015 15:11

2015 Bo'ness Real Ale Festival Theme

Everyone who has ever been to the Bo'ness Beer Festival will know we always have a theme to celebrate or commemorate something, an event or other activity, that is or will be significant or helps put Bo’ness on the map.

Detail of Festival Logo 2015

We've always been lucky since the first festival way back in 2001 when the festival first began to celebrate Bo’ness 400, the anniversary of Bo’ness being designated in 1601, as an official port on the Forth.

That started it off and there has been a different theme every year since.

Last year was the first year that our festival glasses were sponsored as in the past it was just the beers that were sponsored by both local businesses, groups and even some individuals.

The were sponsored last year by SRPS (Scottish Railway Preservation Society) to help bring home to Scotland an old Stanier 8F Heavy Goods steam engine.

On the map and on the way!

The map is the River Forth and it’s The John Muir Way.

This year our glasses will again be sponsored with the slogan we’re on the way! And, the two sponsors can both claim to be truly on the way!

They are The Corbie Inn and the Kinneil Brewhoose who can claim to be literally on the way. The John Muir Way runs along the Bo’ness foreshore metres from the back of the pub and brewery.

The John Muir Way Festival Glass 2015

The John Muir Way

The John Muir Way runs for 134 miles or 215 km across Central Scotland between Helensburgh in the west through to John Muir’s birthplace, Dunbar on the east coast.

If you were to walk it, it would take about 7-10 days or half that if you cycled it.

Disappointingly, Bo’ness is not mentioned on the official John Muir website map as it appears to detour from Falkirk through Linlithgow before travelling on to South Queensferry!

Given that the most interesting section of the way is actually in and through Bo’ness, the omission is surprising.

Might have been better named Falkirk to Bo'ness section via Linlithgow rather than its present description!

That didn’t stop us, however, from deciding that the opening of The John Muir Way was a good and welcome addition to the attractions in and around Bo’ness.

It joins the Bo’ness section from Kinneil House at Snab Brae then along the foreshore passing the Kinneil Nature Reserve and just behind the Corbie Inn and Kinneil Brewhoose before continuing along the edge of the River Forth to Blackness.

Give it a go next time you’re in Bo’ness, visiting the Helix or the Kelpies and stop off for a refreshment in the Corbie Inn and try one of the local beers brewed in the Kinneil Brewhoose.

The Bo'ness Real Ale Festival and The John Muir Way. Makes for a good day out!

 

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