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Investigating the Great Outdoors at Linlithgow Palace

4 March 2008

The expert Rangers at one of Historic Scotland’s top visitor attractions, Linlithgow Palace, have developed free fun-filled events to keep the kids entertained over the Easter holidays. From building birds’ nests and investigating hibernating creatures to discovering the secrets of camouflage, there are interactive adventures for families to enjoy.

At the Nature Detectives event Easter, Nests and Eggs on 25 March, young visitors will have the chance to build their own bird’s nest from twigs and undergrowth. If they are lucky some special chocolate eggs may appear in their nest! The tricks of camouflage and how animals blend into their natural habitat is the focus of the Nature Detectives event on 1 April: Tricks and Camouflage – ideal for April Fools Day.

For older children the seasonally topical subject of hibernation is uncovered on 29 March at Sleepers and Sun Seekers, where the Rangers will reveal which creatures have been sleeping though the winter and which have travelled to sunnier shores. They will reveal the tricks used by some animals to avoid the cold and what people can do to help them.

Ian Lewis, Historic Scotland Countryside Ranger, said:

‘Spring is an important time of year as wildlife and plants begin to emerge. Around Linlithgow Peel there is an abundance of wildlife and our events encourage children to have an appreciation and understanding of the nature around them – while having fun at the same time!’

Places are limited to these events: bookings can be made in advance by calling 01506 842 065 or by emailing

Visitors are encouraged to wear warm and comfortable outdoor clothing.

Notes for editors
·Nature Detectives - Easter, Nest and Eggs is on Tuesday 25 March from 10.00 to 12 noon. This is aimed at age eight plus and younger children should be accompanied by an adult. This event is free although admission charges apply for entry to Linlithgow Palace.

·Nature Detectives - Tricks and Camouflage is on Tuesday 1 April from 10.00 to 12 noon. This is aimed at age eight plus and younger children should be accompanied by an adult. This event is free although admission charges apply for entry to Linlithgow Palace.

·Sleepers and Sun Seekers is on Saturday 29 March from 13.00 to 15.00. This is suitable for families and older children. This event is free although admission charges apply for entry to Linlithgow Palace.

·These events are part of the new 2008 programme which features events taking place across Scotland.

·Members can get free entry to all daytime events, plus unlimited entry to over 70 historic properties throughout Scotland. Prices start from just £37 a year.

·The magnificent ruins of Linlithgow Palace, set in the Royal Park or Peel beside Linlithgow Loch, are situated in Linlithgow, off the M9. Tel: 01506 842896. Admission: adult £5.00, child £2.50, concession £4.00.

·Linlithgow Loch is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) due to its very large wildfowl population and abundance of wildlife.

·Linlithgow Palace is perhaps best known as the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots in 1542 and her father, James V, who was born in 1512. All of the Stewart kings lived here and numerous renovations to its grand facades and chambers were carried out as each monarch sought to create the ideal modern palace. A royal manor had been on the site of the Palace since the 12th century. It was transformed by the English into a modern secure stronghold around 1302 before returning to Scottish hands in 1314. A fire in 1424 destroyed the stronghold and burgh of Linlithgow, and James I then started building the structure we have today. Under James IV it developed into a courtyard palace, while James V and James VI made major contributions to what had become the finest palace of the Stewart kings.

·Historic Scotland has 345 outstanding·historic properties and sites in its care. These include some of the leading tourism attractions in the country, including Edinburgh, Stirling, and Urquhart castles, Fort George, Linlithgow Palace, the Border Abbeys and Skara Brae.

·Historic Scotland’s mission is to safeguard Scotland’s historic environment and to promote its understanding and enjoyment.

For further information

Laura Adamson
Historic Scotland
Marketing and Media
0131 668 8959 or 07769 630 763