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Enjoy the park without the cars

19 December 2008

Holyrood Park is one of the most popular places for children to try out new bikes, roller skates and other Christmas gifts.

To help make sure families can enjoy these pleasurable moments without having to worry about cars, there will be traffic restrictions on 26 December.

These will be similar to the ones in place each Sunday, meaning Queens Drive and Duddingston Low Road will be closed off from 8am to 4pm.

Martin Gray, Royal Parks visitor services manager, said: “On Boxing Day we tend to get a lot of families coming along to try out new presents – bikes, kites and umpteen other things.

“So it’s great for them to be able to have somewhere to enjoy them without having to worry about traffic.

“We tried something similar last year and it was a real success.”

The High Road loop will remain open to cars, weather permitting.

Restrictions will also be in place on 1 January as events are taking place in the park and also on 2 January to allow people another quiet day for recreation.

Notes for Editors

  • 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

Matthew Shelley
Marketing and Media
0131 668 8734