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Uncovering the Holyrood Park of the past

25 June 2008

The Rangers at Holyrood Park are hosting a series of free walks where visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy the warmer weather and the stunning setting of the Park. The team at the Education Centre have developed a series of walks that focus on the history of the park, and the nature and animals that live there.

Every Wednesday throughout July to 13 August at Arthur’s Secrets visitors can join a member of the Ranger team to discover the fascinating world of Holyrood Park and Arthur’s Seat. There will be the chance to uncover the Park’s turbulent past, created by fire and ice, and learn more about the people that lived and worked the land thousands of years ago.

Visitors can join the Rangers for a summer stroll on Wednesday 16 July, with key archaeological and natural points of interest, in various areas of the park, highlighted to those on the Evening Walk.

Nicky Pettigrew, Historic Scotland Ranger, said;

“Living in the city can mean a hectic pace of life for many residents in Edinburgh, so at Holyrood Park this summer we are encouraging people of all ages to take a step back and enjoy the nature and wildlife that inhabit the Park.”

Arthur’s Secrets takes place every Wednesday throughout July to 13 August from 13.00 to 15.00 each day. Visitors are asked to meet at the Holyrood Park Information Centre (the lodge near the Parliament).

Evening Walk is on Wednesday 16 July from 18.00 to 19.30. Booking is essential for this event by calling 0131 652 8150. Visitors are encouraged to wear warm waterproof clothing and appropriate footwear.

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  • 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 the Ring of Brodgar 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

  • 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:

  • 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