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Walking on the wild side at Holyrood Park

28 July 2008

The Rangers at Holyrood Park are hosting a series of free walks throughout August where visitors will have the opportunity to explore the stunning setting, local wildlife and historical points of interest of the Park.

On Sunday 3 and 17 August, and 6 September, visitors will have the chance to explore different sections of the five-mile boundary wall at Out and About ‘Within these Walls’. Built in the 1540s by James V the boundary wall at Holyrood Park has its own stories to tell, as explored by one of the Rangers.

Every Wednesday until 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 13 August, 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;

“Holyrood Park is such a diverse and multifaceted landscape that the Rangers always have something different to explore with members of the public. Whether its nature, landscape or historical monuments that are the focus of our walks, there is always something new to discover.”

Out and About ‘Within these Walls’ is on Sunday 3 and 17 August and 6 September from 12 noon to 15.00 each day. Booking is essential for this event by calling 0131 652 8150. Visitors are encouraged to wear warm waterproof clothing and appropriate footwear.

Arthur’s Secrets takes place every Wednesday until 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 13 August 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

Rebecca Hamilton
Marketing and Media Manager
Marketing and Media
0131 668 8685 / 07788 923871