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Holyrood Park road traffic closures announced

20 December 2012

Visitors to Holyrood Park in Edinburgh will be able to enjoy a safe, traffic-free environment during four days of road closures over the festive season.

There will be road closures on December 25th, December 26th 2012,  January 1st and January 2nd 2013.

There will also be additional road closures on Saturday January 5th and Sunday January 6th for the International Cross Country races and 5 Km public races.

The closures, which operate from 8am till 4pm on the 25th and 26th and 8am till 5pm on the 1st and 2nd, will be put in place at Queen’s Drive and Duddingston Low Road.

Martin Gray, Ranger and Visitors Services Manager for Historic Scotland at Holyrood Park, said : “These closures follow on from the success of previous years closures, encouraging people to use the Park in a safer, traffic-free environment and to take their new bikes and other Christmas presents outside for the first time.  

“The closures will also allow us to welcome back several popular events as part of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay celebrations including Dogmanay and the Tri-athlon.  In addition we are also closing the Park over the weekend of Saturday 5th January to accommodate the International Cross Country and public 5km race.

“We would like to thank drivers for their understanding, particularly during the festive season when the Park is so busy.”

The High Road loop will remain open to cars on the 25th, 26th and 2nd, weather permitting, and drivers can leave their vehicles as usual at the Park’s Holyrood Palace, Meadowbank and Duddingston car parks which are free of charge on these dates.

Notes for editors:

  • Holyrood Park in Edinburgh contains a wealth of archaeological and historical remains. Arthur’s Seat is one of four hill forts, and St Anthony’s Chapel stands on a spur overlooking the River Forth. In addition to its rich cultural heritage, the Park offers a wide range of flora and fauna, and volcanic geology, as well as many path walks with spectacular vistas over the city of Edinburgh.

  • Historic Scotland is an executive agency of the Scottish Government charged with safeguarding the nation’s historic environment. The agency is fully accountable to Scottish Ministers and through them to the Scottish Parliament.

  • The Year of Creative Scotland began on January 1, 2012 and will spotlight and celebrate Scotland’s cultural and creative strengths on a world stage. Through a dynamic and exciting year-long programme of activity celebrating our world-class events, festivals, culture and heritage, the year puts Scotland’s culture and creativity in the international spotlight with a focus on cultural tourism and developing the events industry and creative sector in Scotland. More information about the programme can be found at:

  • The Year of Creative Scotland is a Scottish Government initiative led in partnership by EventScotland, VisitScotland, Creative Scotland and VOCAL. More information and resources to help businesses engage with Year of Creative Scotland are available at

                                                    Year of Creative Scotland 2012

For further information

Jennifer Johnston-Watt
Communications and Media Officer
Communications and Media
0131 668 8070 or 07827 956 866