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Dogs on show at Holyrood Park

5 August 2009

Historic Scotland’s rangers are inviting locals to come along to the annual Holyrood Park Fun Dog Show.

Taking place on Sunday 9th August this fun-packed day will feature games and competitions for all dog lovers.

There will be the chance to enter pets into classes including ‘Waggiest Tail’, ‘Best Junior Handler’, ‘Best Trick’ . There will also be a fun agility class with a rosette for every one who enters.

This year the Ranger Service will be hosting an artificial lure coursing competition with whippets and Scottish deerhounds.

This is taking place on the playing fields beside the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

The PDSA animal veterinary charity will be attending with their mobile unit providing free health checks for dogs.

Gracehounds, a Midlothian-based greyhound re-homing charity will be there providing information on their work.

Nicky Pettigrew, Holyrood Park Ranger, said; “Holyrood Fun Dog Show promises to be a great day out for all dog-loving families, with fun and games for all ages.

“There are classes that puppies and older dogs can join in, so everyone can get involved. It’s a nice reminder too that Holyrood Park is a fantastic space for walks, with nature and history all rolled into one.”

There are fun show classes from 10.45am to 1.30pm. The fun agility starts at 12.30pm to 2.30pm.  Entry to all classes is free.

The artificial lure coursing competition will be running from 9.30am to 5pm.

Notes for editors

  • Holyrood Park is in Edinburgh, east of the Palace of Holyroodhouse and abbey. Tel 0131 652 8150.

  • One of Edinburgh’s most famous and popular historic landmarks, Holyrood Park encompasses a five-mile radius of land and has probably been a Royal Park since the 12th century.  

  • Holyrood Park is in the care of Historic Scotland which is responsible for maintaining the natural environment and presenting the park for the enjoyment of the local community and visitors. The ranger service based at Holyrood cares for this unique historic and natural attraction and provides a range of important educational services.

  • Holyrood Park Rangers are part of Historic Scotland’s network of rangers – there are also ranger services at Linlithgow Peel and at the Ring of Brodgar in Orkney.

  • Historic Scotland has 345 historic properties and sites in its care. These include some of the leading tourism attractions in the country, including Edinburgh, Stirling, and Urquhart Castles, Fort George, Linlithgow Palace, the Border Abbeys, and Skara Brae. For further details visit: www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/places.  

  • Historic Scotland’s Mission is to safeguard Scotland’s historic environment and to promote its understanding and enjoyment.

  • Historic Scotland is delighted to be supporting the 2009 Year of Homecoming with a series of initiatives including family trails, spectacular events and the creation of a Homecoming Pass for heritage attractions in association with other heritage organisations.

For further information


Rebecca Hamilton
Marketing and Media Manager
Marketing and Media
0131 668 8685 / 07788 923871
rebecca.hamilton@scotland.gsi.gov.uk