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Holyrood Rangers put a spring in your step

29 April 2008

Holyrood Park Rangers are embracing spring with a series of free early morning and evening events for the whole family. From uncovering the festival of Beltane to enjoying the dawn chorus and celebrating the sunset song, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Celtic Corrections is on 1 May, and visitors to Holyrood Park can join the Rangers in a sunset stroll to mark the traditional Celtic festival of Beltane. The walk will delve into the park’s rich Celtic past and uncover the realities behind the myths.

There is an early morning start for Song for a Spring Morning on 4 May where visitors are invited to experience the dawn chorus at the park. People are encouraged to bring their binoculars to see nature and creatures both big and small, as the park comes to life.

For those who prefer a later start in the mornings there is Sunset Song on 8 May where visitors will have the chance to enjoy the evening bird songs as dusk settles over the park. Binoculars will also be available for this event, so visitors can see birds both far and away.

Nicky Pettigrew, Holyrood Park Ranger, said:

“Early mornings and evenings can be really atmospheric times at Holyrood Park. It’s facinating to see the park coming to life at the start of the day and see nature settling down in the evening. These events are a really nice chance to experience these times, while embracing the fresh air and great outdoors.”

Celtic Corrections is on Thursday 1 May from 18.00 to 21.00. Visitors are asked to meet at Holyrood Park Education Centre.

Song for a Spring Morning is on Sunday 4 May from 06.00 to 08.00. Visitors are asked to meet at St Margaret’s Loch.

Sunset Song is on Thursday 8 May from 19.00 to 21.00. Visitors are asked to meet at Duddingston Loch car park.

These events are all free although booking is essential by calling 0131 652 8150. Visitors are encouraged to wear warm waterproof clothing and sensible footwear.

Notes for editors
  • Holyrood Park is in Edinburgh, east of Holyrood Palace 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 Skara Brae in Orkney.
  • Every year, Historic Scotland stages an extensive annual programme of events at its properties in care, with the aim of bringing history to life in an entertaining and informative way.  For details visit www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/events
  • Members can get free entry to all daytime events, plus unlimited entry to over 70 historic properties throughout Scotland. Prices start from £38 a year.
  • Historic Scotland cares for 345 properties and sites throughout Scotland – from prehistoric dwellings and stone circles, to castles and palaces, abbeys and cathedrals.  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.

For further information


Laura Adamson
PR Executive
Marketing and Media
0131 668 8959 or 07769 630 763
laura.adamson@scotland.gsi.gov.uk