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Winter safety in Holyrood Park

7 January 2010

It’s that time of year again when children and adults alike are keen to get out and about and enjoy the seasonal snow.

With sledging, snowmen and snowball fights on the agenda during these cold winter months Historic Scotland’s Ranger Service is urging people to take care while out having some winter fun in Holyrood Park.

The weather has recently turned much colder which has made all of the lochs in the park freeze over into ice.

There are a number of signs warning the public of the dangers of frozen water at St Margaret’s Loch, Dunsapie Loch, Duddingston Loch and the Wells O’ Wearie ponds.

Despite these warning signs, some people are continuing to risk their lives by ignoring the signs and walking on frozen lochs and ponds in the park.

There have been a number of minor incidents over the past few weeks including people injured while sledging, attempting to retrieve objects that have been thrown onto ice or trying to break the ice.

To increase public safety, Historic Scotland’s Ranger Service has increased patrols across the park. They have been out talking to members of the public and raising awareness about the risks of frozen water and slippery conditions under foot.

Martin Gray Visitors Service Manager, Historic Scotland Rangers Service, said: “We encourage people to get out and about and enjoy Holyrood Park in the winter months.

Our message is simple, enjoy the park and have fun but please be aware of the dangerous conditions and potentially tragic consequences of trying to break or walk on the ice.

“The park is a wonderful place to visit all-year-round and we want visitors to enjoy the seasonal weather.  We are asking that adults and young people set a good example by staying off the ice and dog owners should ensure they keep their pets under close control.”

Notes to Editors

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

  • 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 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 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

Communications and Media Officer
Communications and Media
0131 668 8070 or 07827 956866