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Enjoy the park without the cars

23 December 2009

Visitors to Holyrood Park will have the opportunity to enjoy the park free from traffic over the festive season.

Traffic restrictions will be in place on the 25th and 26th  December and the 2nd January, with no vehicle access to Queens Drive and Duddingston Low Road between 8am and 4pm, following current Sunday access arrangements.

The High Road Loop will remain open to cars weather permitting.

Martin Gray, Royal Parks Visitor Services Manager said;

“Christmas Day and New Year’s Day are very popular with visitors to the park.

“Kids often want to come down and try out their new bike or toys, and it’s nice for parents to have somewhere to bring them where they don’t have to worry about the traffic.

“Sundays are very popular with visitors as they can come down and enjoy the surroundings free from traffic. Christmas and New Year, in a similar vein, are times to be spent relaxing with families and loved ones and we want to make that experience as pleasant as possible for them. “

In addition all park roads will be closed on the 1st January between 8am and 6pm as events are taking place in the park as part of the citywide New Year celebrations. Additional roads affected include Holyrood Road and Horse Wynd, whilst parking will not be available at the main car park. The High Road loop will also remain closed to traffic.

Martin continued;

“We have a number of events happening in the park on the 1st including the triathlon. These restrictions are designed to ensure that the participants and the public can enjoy these events safely and comfortably and we look forward to welcoming visitors to the park to celebrate the New Year.”

For further information, images or photo opportunities:

Iona Matheson, Communications and Media Officer.
0131 668 8703

- 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. The park is designated as both a Scheduled Ancient Monument and Site of Special Scientific Interest; it has a wealth of geological and archaeological treasures dating back thousands of years. These include Arthur's Seat, one of four hill forts dating from around 2000 years ago, a prehistoric farmstead of scooped circular huts, east of Dunsapie Crag, and the remains of Medieval and later rig-and-furrow cultivation.  The Park is also an important habitat for a wide variety of wildlife, flora and fauna.

- Historic Scotland looks after a portfolio of 345 splendid 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

Iona Matheson
Communications and Media Officer
Communications and Media
0131 668 8703