The audio guide running on the izi.TRAVEL app
Audio guide, charities, community, heritage

New Year brings new content to updated Bo’ness audio guide

Put your best foot forward and step back in time . . . .

The audio guide to the Bo’ness foreshore has been updated with new content for the New Year.

Bo’net – one of the organisations behind the initiative – is encouraging people to download the free guide and explore the area’s amazing local heritage.

Chair Madelene Hunt said: “The New Year is a perfect time to get out and become more active – and work off all those Christmas calories. Download our foreshore audio guide, go for a walk and discover more about the places and people that shaped our town.”

The guide is hosted on the izi.TRAVEL app, which runs on Android and Apple devices. Just visit www.bonet.org.uk/audio for details.

Bo’net (the Bo’ness Networking Group) worked with Bo’ness based firm The PR Store and the Bo’ness Tenants’ and Residents’ Association to produce the original audio trail in late 2020.

It’s now been updated with extra content, sponsored by the walking and cycling charity Sustrans.

The Bo’ness foreshore path is part of the national John Muir Way

Ros Gibbons, Greenways Co-ordinator at Sustrans, said: “Through the Scottish Greenways programme, Sustrans are working in partnership with the local community, Falkirk Council, Great Place Falkirk and Bo’ness businesses to enhance the area around the Foreshore for everyone.

“Guided by feedback from the community, we’ve made access and path improvements along National Cycle Network Route 76, installed new interpretation points, held family events, and we plan to install a new community play area during 2022.

“As part of our engagement with the community, we also asked Bo’ness residents to help us identify key areas of local history and heritage. Many of their brilliant stories have been incorporated into the refreshed audio guide.

“We hope the guide inspires more people to get out walking, wheeling or cycling along their local National Cycle Network paths, and spend time exploring the fantastic green spaces on their doorstep.”

The audio guide was first produced with the support of Tesco’s Community Grants initiative, as well as funding from NHS Forth Valley and Falkirk Council.

(Read the 2020 press release here).

The Bo’ness Buoy, at the harbour, is one of the stopping off points on the audio tour.

Adrian Mahoney from The PR Store said: “The guide features interviews with local people and experts, telling fascinating stories about the town’s rich heritage and its more recent past.

“Anyone downloading the foreshore guide will discover Romans and railways, battles and Bond – that’s James Bond – and much more.

“New for 2022 we’ve added information on the Bo’ness witches, the local distillery and saltpans, as well as shipbreaking and Bridgeness Pottery.

“Just search for ‘Kinneil to Carriden’ on the izi app or visit the Bo’net website for more information.”

He added: “If you’ve previously downloaded the first version of the guide make sure you click the ‘check for updates’ link on the app to get access to the new content.”

Explore the Bo’ness area with the free audio guide, hosted on the izi.TRAVEL app

How to install the audio guide

  • Search and download the izi.TRAVEL app. It’s available for iOS and Android devices. You’ll also find links for the app at www.izi.travel.
  • Install the app on your smartphone or tablet.
  • Open the app and say yes to location and notification settings (you’ll need these for the app to work properly).
  • Search for the local tour. Enter “Kinneil to Carriden” to get the Bo’ness foreshore trail.
  • Download the audio guide (which includes a map and pictures) and then go for a walk.
  • As you get near particular locations on the guide, your phone or tablet should automatically start playing the correct audio for that location.
  • In the description area of the app you’ll also find links to additional websites.
  • You’ll also find a website version of the tour at https://bit.ly/kinneil-foreshore-guide. Enjoy!
The foreshore path features impressive installations, celebrating the area’s heritage.

The New Year is a perfect time to get out and become more active – and work off all those Christmas calories. Download our foreshore audio guide, go for a walk and discover more about the places and people that shaped our town.

MADELENE HUNT, CHAIR, BO’NET (THE BO’NESS NETWORKING GROUP)

Audio guides produced by The PR Store


BO’NESS AUDIO GUIDES (for Bo’net and Bo’ness Tenants’ and Residents’ Association)

FIFE AUDIO GUIDES (for Coalfields Regeneration Trust)

Read more about the Bo’ness tours here. Read about the Coalfields project here. These guides are powered by the izi.TRAVEL app.

OTHER AUDIO

The PR Store has also produced a podcast series, highlighting people and places associated with the inventor James Watt. You can listen to episodes on Spotify or via the Anchor website. The podcast is a companion to the website www.jameswatt.scot

www.theprstore.co.uk/audioguides